bog orchids.

plantant

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I was just wondering if anyone here grows bog orchids. I have heard that they grow well with other CPs and I think would be a great addition to any collection. I would love to hear about anyone's experience with them and see photos of them! Thanks in advance.
 

Eric

Carnivore
I grow a couple of bog orchids: Pogonia ophioglossoides is a weed that forms long runners and will fill up your pots or bog garden. Calopogon tuberosus is another easy species that I usually grow from seed, but it slowly forms nice clumps that can be divided during hibernation. Both are native to Central/Eastern Canada, grow well with Sarracenia and are hardy species.
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Spiranthes should be another easy one. I have/tried a few other orchids (Platanthera, Cypripedium), but they are a lot more picky, need special care, are slow to multiply, and are pricey. So I wouldn't recommend unless you know what you are doing.
 

plantant

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Honestly, I think those orchids would go lovely in a big planter! I also have a hard time finding bogs, as I live incredibly far from the good ones
 

plantant

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Is there a way to wild collect orchids (mainly pogonia ) without harming them, and are there any people that have them that possibly have some extra for next year?
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
Don't collect wild plants! It's not good. You will find cultivated stuff if you are patient.
Plus the collected plants will almost certainly die. There are all sorts of issues with mycorrhizal fungae etc.
 

plantant

Carnivorous Plant Addict
thank you for the tip! I usually wouldn't suggest that but I heard that they multiply quickly, so I thought no harm would come to their population.
 
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