North of England Orchid Society - An introduction to Phragmipedium orchid culture...

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Free Orchid shows.

Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.

New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.

See our orchid show page

Orchid Paintings

Orchid Paintings

historical paintings

 The above are just two images of the many Historical Paintings of Orchids awarded at our shows from the turn of the century through to the Second World War.

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The RHS Flower Show
Tatton Park

July 18th to 22nd 2018
Come along and meet us in the Society Marquee, free helpful advice and orchid potting demonstrations; we can supply you with  top quality approved orchid compost.

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The Society once again has taken a Gold Medal as in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.

2015 results
Our display in 2015 year created in association with the OSGB and took Gold, as well as the coveted Holford Medal for a slideshow of it please click here
Phragmipedium Kovachii a new world slipper orchid

The Image is that of Phragmipedium Kovachii.  A recent orchid discovery in Peru, where this photograph was taken, it is heavily protected by CITES and Peruvian Law. Some nurseries in Peru and the USA etc., are developing hybrids from this phrag' and the orchid world awaits the time when plants will become legally available to all enthusiasts, at modest prices which will do as much to ensure their protection in the wild as probably cites will.

With an incredible flower span of 10 inches, its progeny is revolutionising hybridising as once the discovery some years ago of Phrag. Bessiae did.

see books on Phragmipedium growing in UK pounds
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This genus is composed of around 22 species. All of them are prized by slipper enthusiasts as worthy of culture.

Similar in growth and appearance to their old world cousins the Paphiopedilums but they are native to Central and South America.


Requiring more light than their relatives the Paphiopedilums, they will tolerate similar or slightly less light to the Cattleya's and do best when grown in light shade and airy conditions.

The bessiae types need a little more shade.


A winter minimum of 55 deg. and a Summer high of the upper 70's suits them best, with a variation between night and daytime temperatures of around 5/10 deg.

Watering and feeding.

Never let these plants dry out totally, in summer when it is warm in our experience they do not seem to suffer when left standing in a little water for a day or two between watering, although they should have dried out a little before the next application of water.

In Winter normally water once a week, but if it is very dull and the air is damp perhaps leave them a little longer. Feed very lightly every other week. Overfeeding can result in leaf tip burn.


There are several mixtures to suit different growing conditions and types. Young plants may do well  when grown in a mix of sphagnum moss and foam. Smaller growing types such as Hertzii or slightly older plants seem to prefer a mix of small bark, perlite and a little wettable rockwool roughly 40/10/40. Large plants mat be potted in either pure rockwool if they are already doing well in that when acquired but also seem happy in a lump peat and foam mix: Watering tips for rockwool, as rockwool can appear deceptively dry on the surface, shove a little stick into it and leave it there, when you wish to know if the plant wants watering, remove the stick and feel it for dampness; after awhile you get to know the weight of the plant before and after watering. Pure rockwool can over time become very solid, and make re potting more difficult.




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One of our Gold Medal RHS Displays

For many years we created Gold Medal Winning Displays at the RHS Show Tatton Park....

Large Annual Orchid Show

Each year our Annual Show brings one of the largest orchid events to the North of England, Held in the Tenants Hall at Tatton Park....

World's Oldest Orchid Society?

Established in 1897, we have been giving awards to orchids since the turn of the Century, this is an image of one of the early orchid paintings, from which our badge is derived....

Catesatum pilateum

There are over 35000 species of orchid, here is one of the more unusual from the tropics, often seen at our monthly shows....

Laelia purpurata

This showy species makes a change from the usual Phalaenopsis Orchids found in the supermarkets; many specialist growers attend our shows....


Another species of orchid prized by the enthusiastic grower, these plants can be quite large, and are very showy...

Ophrys - The Bee Orchid

At each of our monthly shows, you will see (at the right time of the year) some fine specimens of terrestrial orchids from the temperate zones....

Dendrobium thrysiflorum

For sheer flower power you cannot beat some of the orchid species which may carry over a thousand blooms....

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