Q: Can I transplant the ladyslipper orchids I found on my daughter’s property?
A: You can try but you have to be careful. Ladyslippers depend on certain soil fungi to germinate their seed. They may also require that the fungus to be present in order for their root tips to absorb sufficient moisture and nutrients.
If you want to attempt the transplant, scoop a big shovelful of soil around each plant. Nestle the root ball while transporting so soil doesn’t fall away from the roots. You should also observe the conditions in which the ladyslippers thrive on your daughter’s property. Try to mimic those conditions as best you can in their new home.
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