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Paphiopedilum Orchid

 Scientific Name : Paphiopedilum tigrinum
 Family : Orchidaceae
 Colour : white, marron, yellow, red, pink, green
 Common names : Lady Slipper
Paphiopedilum Orchid

Paphiopedilums are one of the best orchid groups to grow under artificial lighting. They make super house plants with their flowers being long lasting. There are many spectacular hybrids available, and are about 60 species from Asia- India and New Guinea. Paphiopedilums prefer filtered light. They require humidity in the range of 40 to 60 percent. Paphiopedilums are curious plants which are often thought to be carnivorous because of the intriguing pouch that forms part of the flower. They are not fragrant, but have very interesting and colorful "lady slipper" shaped flowers. Their cultural requirements are not that hard to obtain making these orchids quite easy to grow in your home.

Paphiopedilums are shade-loving plants which will not tolerate excessively high light levels. They can only be raised from seed or division. They require a potting mix that will keep their roots moist. They can be grown in a variety of media, ranging from bark mixtures, coconut chunks and fibres to peat concoctions, chopped sphagnum moss, osmunda fibre and tree-fern fibre. They will grow successfully in almost any compost which is free-draining and retain enough moisture. Sandy loams and garden soil are not recommended for growing paphiopedilums because they are semi-terrestrials. They do not possess pseudo-bulbs like many other orchids. They use their fleshy leaves for storing nutrients. Therefore, the media around the roots should be kept moist and should not be allowed to get completely dry. High concentrations of fertilizers are likely to be detrimental to paphiopedilums in cultivation, as they will tolerate only very weak solutions of feed at frequent intervals.

Paphiopedilums come in a myriad of colors. The blooms can be white, maroon, yellow, red, pink, green and the new "vinicolor" which is almost black. Many have hairs, warts, stripes and other markings which make the blooms very interesting in appearance. The top sepal (petal) stands high and full above the pouch, and the two side petals sometimes hang down past the bottom of the pouch. The blooms have a waxy texture and will last six weeks or longer on the plant. Most plants will have one or two blooms measuring 2" to 5" across. There are some species and hybrids that do form a spike and have more blooms. The leaves grow like a fan and the blooms raise up from the new growth.

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 1.  Posted on : 2.9.2013  By  :  Shaleen Chikara , Gurgaon, NCR View Answer (0) Post Answer

I am growing an Orchid in a small pot filled with charcoal (that's how it came). It was flowering when it came, and now I see 3 new shoots emerging from the sides. How should I care for it and how much should I water it? Also, what is a good potting medium? I am living in Delhi, and currently it is monsoon season, but soon dry winters will set in.

 2.  Posted on : 24.1.2011  By  :  shruthi , bangalore View Answer (2) Post Answer

few of my phaelanopsis orchids started to loose the topmost leaf(the blooms were present) and eventually all the leaves fell off.The roots are fine,not dry totally but will the plant grow back? what could be the problem and what do i do?


As long as the bulbs are still there and not rotten, it will still grow but takes time to wait for new leaves.

  Posted By :grace de la pena , Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao | On 9.5.2013

water got into the center of the plant and rotted must water from the bottom and keep tops dry and no it wont grow back

  Posted By :kevin , las vegas | On 22.2.2011
 3.  Posted on : 5.9.2010  By  :  Maxine , Spring Hill. Fl, Spring Hill. Fl View Answer (1) Post Answer

I separated my ground orchid, Spathoglottis plicata this spring as it was over crowed and it has not shown any sige of blooming, What so I need to do to encourage blooming?


Hi. I had the same problem. However, I solved it with a bi-weekly watering of a small orchid fertilizer (literally 1/8 of a teaspoon). The water itself was taken from my patio pond. I placed the plant in a high humidity area near other plants. Let the plants drain out completely between waterings. The soil mix comprised real, finely chopped coconut bark, crushed egg shells, charcoal, phosphorus, lumus soil - basically nothing compact. Watch out for mealy bugs as they love these plants.

  Posted By :Paulos , Trinidad | On 15.7.2016
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