Serapicamptis George

Serapicamptis George

Comments to the offered plants:

Anacamptis (Orchis ) morio X Serapias lingua = Serapicamptis George. 

Up to 40cm tall. Large, intense red flowers. Looks like a large Serapias. Easy to grow. Needs some protection from the hardest frosts.

Anacamptis (Orchis)  morio X Serapias orientalis.  This cross produces very large red flowers. Easy to grow. Needs some protection from the hardest frosts.

Serapicamptis is a bigeneric hybrid between the genera Anacamptis (Orchis) and Serapias. All species of Anacamptis (as defined by Pridgeon et al. 1997) with 2n=36(32) chromosomes are crossable with Serapias (2n=36). The remaining species within the genus Orchis with 2n=42 chromosomes are not crossable with Serapias. In every case, Serapias is the dominating parent and the resulting plants look like a Serapias.

Serapicamptis is easy in cultivation. All plants are summer dormant and rest as tuberoids. Plants emerge in late summer and flower in spring and early summer. Culture sunny or lightly shaded. Outside garden culture is possible in Middle Europe. Frost hardy up to -10°C. To avoid strong bare frosts give the plants some protection during the coldest months. Regular watering during the growing period is essential. Pot cultured Serapicamptis should be fertilized on a regular basis with 0.3g/l until flowering, once or twice a month. Outside it grows best in a more fertile soil. Reduce watering with the onset of flowers and stop as the leaves die back. Summer rain during dormany is not harmful in well drained soils. Completely dry during dormancy in pot culture. Occasionally a light spray of water for small plants and seedlings to prevent dehydration. If grown inside, move plants temporary outside in late summer as cool nights and some rain will stimulate plants into the new growing season.

Recommended potting mixes:
70% Seramis, fine to medium grade perlite, pumice or fine expanded clay give good results. 30% organic components. Favourable are fermented or N-impregnated wood shavings or saw dust. (Toresa has given good results.)  30% peatbased mixes as TKS1 have given even good results. Spagnum moss is not suitable. Substrates have to be well draining with a pH of about 6.

Further reading:
Orchids of Britain & Europe
. Pierre  Delforge, 1995. Collins Photo Guide. ISBN 0 00 2200244.
Orchideen im Garten: Verwendung, Pflege und Vermehrung. Gerd Kohls und Ulrich Kähler, 1993. Parey ISBN 3 489 63624 4.
Orchideen für den Garten: Europäische und tropische Erdorchideen. Alfons Bürger, 1992. Ulmer ISBN 3 8001 6487 6.
Hardy orchids. Phillip Cribb and Christopher Bailes, 1989. Timber Pr. ISBN 0 88192 147 5.

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