Check out the additions and changes on this homepage and at Frosch® Exclusive Perennials. Frequent readers in particular will appreciate this news list as they do not have to sift through the whole site to find what´s new.
09.2018: We are very happy about our excellent success in germinating Cypripedium hybrids in the lab this year. Trials and failures in past years haven taken us a great step forward.
06.2018: With the update of our website we add advice for nurseries and improve the design for mobile devices even further.
05.2018: For the first time we register a new hybrid at the Royal Horticultural Society in England: Cypripedium Christian. A very promising cross!
03.2018: Stefanie Stuke, a German landscape gardener, made a tattoo of her Cypripedium Dietrich onto the leg of a workmate. Incredible!
02.2018: We make considerable progress with our lab procedure. The in vitro seedlings look better than ever, despite the fact that we made a basic mistake at the start of the sowing season last summer. Next time we know better!
09.2017: The orchid harvest this autumn was very pleasing, the quality excellent. Constant improvements of our culture methods and the newly built protection against weather extremes due to climate change show effect.
Size 0 represents “jumbo size”, size 1 flowering size, and size NF will flower in 1-2 years.
Please note the extra long roots due to outdoor cultivation!
08.2017: Publication in the German orchid journal “Orchideenzauber”.
06.2017: The new hybrid Dr. Ernst von Siemens and a second clone, ‘Frosch’s Queen of the Mist’, are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered.
A new video shows the incredible vigour of hardy lady’s slippers in a normal garden.
05.2017: Blooming time in my nursery! It wasn't easy to protect the plants from severe damage by late frosts this year. Our March was unusually warm and so two late frost and snow periods end of April hit the garden orchids shortly before flowering, when they are no longer frost-resistant. That was close, but in the end our frost protection measures turned out to be successful.
03.2017: Publication in the Austrian gardening magazine “Sabine Gartenparadies” (view the article).
10.2016: Publication in the Russian online magazine “Ogorod.ru” with many photos (view the article).
With the professional production of cypripediums, there can be a narrow line between joy and sorrow. We have experienced this again during this year’s harvest. Some beds gave perfect rhizomes, other beds by far not as good roots due to the extraordinary cold and wet spring this year. We will improve the technical equipment of the critical beds to be more independent from extreme weather conditions in the future.
This is perfect and at real “Frosch®” quality level:
The rhizomes below don’t make us really happy. Still they are stable and will grow in any garden, but they are not perfect.
A dream result, my first real clone ‘Frosch’s Mountain King’ in top quality! Please note the length of the roots and the root to shoot ratio. This is the result of a natural way of growing them outside.
09.2016: Publication in the German gardening magazine “Der praktische Gartenratgeber”.
07.2016: Publication in the Danish orchid journal “Orkideer”.
06.2016: Our website has been redesigned and is now also suitable for mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers.
03.2016: Mark Bramble from the U.S. publishes an excellent article about his garden culture of cypripediums in “Orchids”, the journal of the American Orchid Society (view pdf file).
10.2015: Once again, it turns out that during shipping our Frosch® rhizomes remain healthier than those cultivated in greenhouses. Our way of cultivation, grown outside and using purely biological crop protection, produces more robust plants in contrast to the forced greenhouse cultivation where chemical plant protection is used.
06.2015: The new hybrids Columbianum, Eurasia, Lucy Pinkepank and Monto are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered.
04.2015: Publications in two German magazines for the horticultural business, “gestalten und verkaufen” und “florieren!”.
03.2015: Publication in the German gardening magazine “Gartendesign exklusiv”.
10.2014: Here I am, at my yearly harvest of the Frosch® Cypripedium rhizomes, selecting them for different size classes (jumbo, flowering size, non-flowering size). All plants of a year are being harvested and shipped at once at the beginning of October in order to keep the quality as high as possible. This is also the reason why I sell them only as dormant, bare-rooted rhizomes in autumn to nurseries and dealers worldwide.
08.2014: An especially nice article with many photos is published by the German orchid journal “Orchideenzauber” (view pdf file).
05.2014: A new video shows the development of a bed for hardy lady’s slipper orchids over a period of four years.
04.2014: Portrait of my business in the German newspaper for professional horticulture, “TASPO”.
Publication in the German journal for florists, “Florieren”.
03.2014: A German magazine for the horticultural business, “Gärtnerbörse”, publishes an entrepreneurial portrait of me.
02.2014: TV report about Cypripedium hybrids in the gardening magazine of the German TV channel “Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg”.
Publication in the German gardening magazine “Gartenspaß”.
01.2014: Believe it or not, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this month! Frosch® Exclusive Perennials will offer 20 different Cypripedium hybrids for 2014 on this occasion.
12.2013: We open our own laboratory for the sterile sowing and raising of seedlings. Until now this task had been given to an external service provider. It takes up to 12 months before the plantlets are big enough to be transplanted into the unsterile conditions of the nursery. And from there another 3-6 years until the first flower! Not really a job for impatient people...
11.2013: Frosch® Exclusive Perennials wins the TASPO Award 2013 for being the “Ornamental Plant Producer of the Year”, as part of a gala at the Grand Hyatt in Berlin. Once again the garden orchids stand in the public spotlight!
09:2013: Publication in the German gardening magazines “GartenFlora” and “Mein schöner Garten”.
08.2013: Frosch® Exclusive Perennials has applied for the TASPO Awards 2013, a contest of the German horticultural industry, similar to the Academy Awards ceremony (“Oscar”). The result: We are finalist (top five) in two of three submitted categories. Whether it is sufficient for an award will be seen at the awards ceremony, 8th of November in Berlin. Only then the envelope will be opened, according to the motto “And the winner is...”. We are looking forward to this event with eager anticipation!
06.2013: The new clone ‘Frosch’s Mountain King’ is presented to the public for the first time and is ready to be ordered. This means that Frosch® Exclusive Perennials is no longer only offering hybrids raised from seed, but also clones taken from tested outstanding single plants.
Article in the Russian gardening magazine “Vestnik Sadovoda” (view pdf file).
05.2013: Article in “Le Lien Horticole”, the French newspaper for professional horticulture (view pdf file).
04.2013: We still have frosty winter weather at the beginning of April. Many nurseries with heated greenhouses complain about high heating costs and flowering outdoor plants which do not sell. Now the strategy of Frosch® Exclusive Perennials pays off. We grow only in beds outside with organic plant protection. In this way our plants still stay dormant and patiently wait for spring, without energy consumption and energy costs!
TV report about Cypripedium hybrids in the gardening magazine of the German TV channel “ARD”.
03.2013: The cooperation with Christian Schreiner from “HardyOrchid Wholesaler” enables us to add “Garden Orchid” cypripediums to our program. Now we can offer three different brands of cypripediums to our professional customers from the horticultural business: “Frosch®”, “HardyOrchid” and “Garden Orchid”.
12.2012: Frosch® Exclusive Perennials has started an own Facebook page. Visit us and give us a “Like”! We will be happy about it.
08.2012: Publication in the Austrian gardening magazine “Haus + Garten” and the German gardencenter magazine “Mein Paradies”. An especially nice article with many photos is published by the German orchid journal “Orchideenzauber” (view pdf file).
07.2013: Lecture about cultivation and selling of Cypripedium hybrids at the conference of the Perennial Plant Association in Vancouver (Canada). The PPA symposium was a big success for the hardy lady's slippers. Over 200 horticulturists from Canada and the U.S. were listening to my lecture and asked many interested questions. The story of the cypripediums moves on!
Gary Lewis (Phoenix Perennials) and Michael Weinert
06.2012: The new hybrids Achim, Anna, John Haggar and Pluto are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered. Two new videos show impressive garden examples with lady’s slipper beds.
Article in the American journal of the Perennial Plant Association, “Perennial Plants” (view pdf file).
02.2013: Lecture about cultivation and selling of Cypripedium hybrids at the conference of the International Hardy Plant Union in Gruenberg (Germany). Perennial gardeners from 12 different nations came together to exchange ideas and knowledge.
11.2011: Now the effects of the extremely cold and wet summer 2011 can clearly be seen. We harvested less flowering sized rhizomes this autumn and this will also be the case next year. The cypripediums barely increased in size in 2011. I haven’t experienced anything like this before.
06.2011: The new hybrids Birgit Pastel and Peter are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered. Two new videos show impressive garden examples with lady’s slipper beds.05.2011: Article in the German magazine for professional horticulture “DeGa”, in the American journal of the Perennial Plant Association, “Perennial Plants” (view pdf file) and in “Le Lien Horticole”, the French newspaper for professional horticulture (view pdf file).
Publication in the journal of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, “The Rock Garden” (view pdf file).
06.2010: We modernized our logo and the design of this website. Additionally we designed photo labels for the sale of potted plants by retail nurseries. Again our trade mark gives you a guarantee for high quality.
The new hybrids Dietrich, Michael Pastel and Rascal are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered.
04.2010: At the Bavarian Garden Show taking place in Rosenheim a special exhibition of 46 different, flowering Cypripedium hybrids in 184 pots (grower: Sebastian Urban, Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation) has shown their potential as valuable garden plants. You can also watch a video of this extraordinary display.
10.2009: The harvest this autumn was absolutely sensational. Latest improvements of the culture methods led to a quality we only could dream of in the past. It seems as if we had reached our aim - perfect plants for happy garden orchid enthusiasts!
For the first time rhizomes of “jumbo size” are available. Watch out for our Frosch® logo when buying!
08.2009: Publication in the German orchid journal “Orchideenzauber” with especially beautiful garden examples (view pdf file).
06.2009: The new hybrids Kristi Lyn, Paul, Renate Pastel and Victoria are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered. New spectacular garden photos are added to most of the other hybrids.
The constant improvement of the production method has created very nice results. A new jumbo size can be offered this autumn, i.e. extra large flowering sized plants, and the quality of the rhizomes will be better than ever.
05.2009: New garden examples show the great potential of Cypripedium hybrids.
04.2009: An exhibition at the Botanical Gardens Munich (grower: Sebastian Urban) has attracted great interest and Bavarian television is filming a special report about Cypripedium hybrids for the garden.
09.2008: Publication in the English journal of the Royal Horticultural Society “The Orchid Review” (view pdf file).
05.2008: The new hybrids Sebastian and Ventricosum Pastel are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered. New garden examples show impressively the enormous growth rate of Cypripedium hybrids.
04.2008: At the Bavarian Garden Show taking place in Neu-Ulm a special exhibition of 37 different, flowering Cypripedium hybrids (grower: Sebastian Urban) has shown their potential as valuable garden plants.
04.2007: Anthony Darby from Scotland won first prize with a seedling of Cypripedium Sabine after only six years of pot culture in the Hardy Orchid class of the Perth show of the Scottish Rock Garden Club (photo).
05.2006: In a garden in Southern Germany ‘Gisela’ shows proof of its vigorous growth. After eight years, 152 flowers developed from just three shoots. This year it is even better, the plant has appeared with 230 shoots!
New garden examples show how beautiful Cypripedium hybrids can be.
The Cypripedium forum now contains more than 2000 contributions.
06.2005: The new hybrids Aki, Hank Small and Inge are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered.
05.2005: At the German Garden Show taking place in Munich this year a special exhibition of 24 different, flowering Cypripedium hybrids has attracted considerable interest (click on photo for larger images).
Emil and Ingrid show in a garden in Munich the vigour of the hybrids. Who would not want 65 lady’s slipper blooms in their garden after only three years? New garden examples demonstrate how lady’s slippers can be used in the garden.
05.2003: The new hybrids Aki light, Philipp and Ulla Silkens are presented to the public for the first time and are ready to be ordered.
The Cypripedium forum now contains 800 contributions. To improve your investigations a search engine with a direct link to the forum has been integrated.
05.2002: A new garden example shows the vigour of Cypripedium Gisela: 25 flowers after only 5 years!
01.2002: We are going to prolong the cultivation period of our lady's slipper orchids by one year to allow for bigger growth of the plants. This means that we will not be offering any new hybrids this year, however the offer still remains for Gisela and Gisela Pastel. Look forward to the orchid innovations in 2003!
11.2001: The website is converted to full screen mode in order to make viewing easier.
10.2001: The Cypripedium forum has been technically improved for users with Netscape browsers. It now contains 450 contributions.
06.2001: After two years of testing a new groundcover, Leptinella (syn. Cotula), can be recommended for Cypripedium beds.
A new photo shows Cypripedium hybrids in a very different environment, as cut flowers in a vase!
05.2001: Since last year the Cypripedium Gisela has increased rapidly from 33 to 50 shoots and from 24 to 42 flowers in the garden in Munich.
04.2001: The Cypripedium forum now contains more than 300 contributions and has been redesigned to reduce the time for loading the pages.
01.2001: The website navigation has been given a more user-friendly design.
10.2000: The new hybrid Gisela Pastel (previously referred to as Gisela Yellow) is presented to the public for the first time and is ready to be ordered.
06.2000: The second, improved, version of the website goes online. Emil is the next hybrid to be offered. A garden example from Munich shows how vigorous Cypripedium hybrids can be.
05.2000: The Cypripedium forum has been so sucessfull that it now includes more than 100 contributions after only half a year. Therefore it is necessary to break it up into several categories to improve clarity.
04.2000: The Cypripedium forum now includes photos in the contributions.
11.1999: Opening of the website and official start of the Cypripedium nursery “Frosch® Exclusive Perennials”.
06.1997: For the first time a Frosch® Cypripedium hybrid (Gisela) is offered.
01.1994: Start of production.