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Author Topic: Orchids wanted (legally transplanted) (South Yorks/Derbyshire)  (Read 577 times)

Fieldfare

  • Joined Feb 2011
Hi all- I am longing for orchids to appear in my meadow...sadly after 9 years of the correct meadow management none have turned up on their own (although do have a good variety of meadow flowers). Are there any *landowners* in the South Yorks/Derbyshire area who would allow me to transplant from their land? (I think that is legal). What I need are some plants with attached soil which would contain the correct mycorrhizae.
Thanks if anyone can help!



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Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Orchids wanted (legally transplanted) (South Yorks/Derbyshire)
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2016, 04:48:57 pm »
There's a charity called Plantlife which aims to increase wild flowers and traditional meadow habitats.  They may know of someone in your area who has a wildflower meadow you could gather seed from.  In Herefordshire we have a meadows network with the same aim and, as I understand it, it's important to get seed from the locality as it will be suitable for your soil and climate.  When we moved here there were many broad-leaved helleborine orchids but as fertility has declined (the pig slurry is no longer being spread) they've disappeared but this year we found four common spotted orchids where none had been seen before.  It's important to reduce fertility to get a good wildflower meadow or the grasses swamp the place. Sowing yellow rattle or, even better, eyebright, achieves this.

 

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