Paphiopedilum Orchids (Lady-slipper)

Paphiopedilum, Lady Slipper
Paphiopedilum Orchid, Lady Slipper
Paphiopedilum, Lady Slipper

This type of orchid flower one of the truly aspiring types of orchids.  The beautiful shape of pout-like lips is unlike any other flower. The classification of this orchid alone is a long, never-ending list.  For this reason, lady-slipper enthusiasts claim that they should be considered a separate family of flowers and have a separate recognition.

The key to growing Paphiopedilim Orchids is to keep a good root system.  Lady Slipper Orchids need fresh growing medium at all times.  If you let the growing medium become depleted of nutrients, you will lose this orchid.  It is strongly recommended that you use Douglas fir bark as a growing medium for Paphiopedilim Orchids due to its water retention qualities.  Keep this indoor plant in a sunny widow that sustains the same temperatures as you would be comfortable in.

Water your Paphiopedilim Orchids about twice weekly depending on the temperature and amount of sunlight it receives.  After you water, let the water drain completely from your Lady Slipper Orchid.  Letting water sit at the bottom of the pot will block the air flow to the root systems, causing the roots to rot.

Fertilize your Lady Slipper Orchid using liquid fertilizer every 3 to 4 weeks.  Do not over fertilize your Paphiopedilim Orchids or the roots will die.  Also make sure that you fertilize directly after repotting to help with the shock of the process.

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