PAPHIOPEDILUM (paff-ee-oh-PED-ih-lum)

Also commonly known as the “Slipper Orchid”, they are semi-terrestrial with long lasting, exotic flowers.

LIGHT Sufficient light is needed for healthy growth and flower production. Bright light, but no direct sun (60% shade). Dark green, limp foliage means too little light. A covered porch is the perfect place. If growing indoors it should be placed by a bright window.

WATER Never allow the potting media to dry completely. This usually means watering 1 – 2 times per week. It is o.k. to wet the foliage but avoid getting water into the crown. Water early in the day so the crown dries completely before night.

TEMPERATURE Can tolerate our hot summers. Needs to be protected below 50 degrees.

FERTLIZER Liquid fertilizer can be applied weekly at a reduced rate. If the manufacturer’s directions, say 1 teaspoon, use ½ teaspoon “weekly, weakly. In winter, fertilize every other week.

REPOT Use a media that stays moist but not soggy. Repotting every other year is fine. Remember to always use as small a pot as possible and to make sure the orchid does not wobble in its pot.

NOTE: When purchasing be careful not to get “cool growers”, as our weather is generally too hot and they may not re-flower. Warm growers usually have mottled leaves. Ask the grower if you are unsure.

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