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PAPHIOPEDILUM

Slipper Orchid

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PAPHIOPEDILUM

The Paphiopedilum (paff-ee-oh-PED-ih-lum). Also called the Slipper orchid, so named in honor of its large lip that resembles a lady’s slipper. You will find these orchids are rewarding and easy to grow.

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TEMPERATURE

Warm temperatures, 70-80º F/26.7º C, for those with dappled leaves and intermediate temperatures, 55-60º F/ 13-15.6º C, for those with green leaves.

 

LIGHT

The Slipper orchid is a low light orchid (1000-2000 fc), making it an ideal orchid for those with low light conditions.

HUMIDITY

This orchid thrives with humidity levels of 50%. Use a humidifier if necessary and a fan set to low to provide air movement. Home growers: remember 50% is the maximum recommendation. Easily track humidity levels with a humidistat.

 

WATER

The Paphiopedilum is a sympodial orchid and does not have water storage in pseudobulbs. Accordingly, their potting mix should be kept slightly damp at all times. Take care to keep water from accumulating between leaves when watering to prevent rot.

 

FERTILIZATION

As Paphs are light feeders, apply a weak solution of balanced fertilizer every other week when in active growth. If the orchid is potted in bark use a high nitrogen fertilizer (9-3-6).

 

POTTING & MEDIA

As these orchids are considered semi-terrestrial, the most popular potting media is a fine-grade fir bark. Plastic pots are ideal for retaining moisture as well as for checking the moisture of the media. Paphiopedilums can be potted any time – even when in flower.

 

TIPS

Every year a new leaf fan, or in spreading varieties, several leaf fans, grow and from each fan emerges a new flower.

Mature, large Paphs are easily divided. When not in bloom, carefully sever the rhizome, keeping in clumps of 3-5 leaf fans

 

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I love my Lady Slipper orchids! …The full blossom with the large glossy cup is extraordinary and unusually shaped.

Wendy

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I love my Lady Slipper orchids! Anticipation takes over wherever I notice a tiny bud peeking up. The full blossom with the large glossy cup is extraordinary and unusually shaped. I found my Paphiopedilum Mr. Wonderful at an orchid show in Santa Barbara about six years ago.

Wendy

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