This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I notice under head of Scraps and Queries, page 70, March number of the Gardener's Monthly, your correspondent Q. wrote asking for information as to the treatment of our hardy Cypri-pediums.
I have succeeded well for years with C. spec-tabilis and C. parviflorum. The above are in border on north side of my house, in rather heavy, wet soil, and get no sun. The only care they have had has been plenty of water in dry seasons. I have also grown and bloomed C. spectabilis in the open garden in light rich soil with plenty of water. Three years ago at this time I bad a fine pot of it in bloom in my greenhouse. I can now show a well grown plant which I think will bloom within ten days.
C. spectabilis has withstood all sorts of harsh treatment with me for fifteen years and I have lost only two plants; one from forcing and the other from long neglect.
I have C. acaule but only from last season; therefore, cannot say what can be done with it. It is under glass now doing well, also giving it same treatment as above in border.
C. pubescens is not in my collection, but I would like to have it.