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How do you grow Paphiopedilum orchids?

How do you grow Paphiopedilum orchids?

Light Paphiopedilum enjoy medium light intensity, about 800-1000 foot candles throughout the year for optimal growth. Avoid direct sun, except in the early morning. In the house, move plants back from the window at the height of the midday sun or, ideally, grow them behind a shade curtain.

How do you look after Paphiopedilum orchids?

Watering, humidity and feeding Water Paphiopedilum orchids regularly in spring and summer. Allow the compost to dry out a little between watering and avoid overwatering. Reduce watering during the winter months, but don’t let the compost dry out completely. Avoid overhead watering and wetting the leaves.

How do you Rebloom Paphiopedilum?

Paphiopedilums prefers intermediate temperatures of 70-80°F during daytime and 50-60°F during nighttime. Longer exposure to cooler temperatures for weeks at a time will successfully produce blooms. This is especially true for some of its variants with clusters of flowers. Keep their roots moist.

How do you fertilize Paphiopedilum?

Fertilize your Paphiopedilum with a quarter strength balanced orchid fertilizer (20-20-20) once a week after watering. Once a month flush the pot with clear water to remove salt accumulation from the fertilizer. These salts can burn the sensitive, hairy roots.

Can you split lady slippers?

A vigorous lady-slipper orchid can be divided only if there are at least two mature growths for each division. They are the real future of your orchid. Place the plant in the center of the pot, with the roots spread out and downward from it.

How long does it take for a Paphiopedilum to bloom?

It varies greatly, depending upon the species, or the species in the background of hybrids. I have seem Maudiae-type Paph hybrids bloom in 6 months, while my Paph. stonei has been maturing without blooming, for 2 years.

Why is my slipper orchid not flowering?

If your paph does not re-bloom, it may not be getting enough light. Paphs generally enjoy the same temperatures that we do in the home; ideally, 60-65º F at night and 75-85º F during the day. Keep in mind that temperatures close to the window on a windowsill will be colder or hotter than your general house temperature.

Can you grow Lady Slippers in pots?

Repotting Lady Slipper Orchids Don’t over-pot. Use a pot that’s 1-2 inches wider to allow 2-years’ growth because orchids do best when slightly crowded.

What kind of water to use on Paphiopedilum?

Place the plant in the sink and use tepid water. Be sure to let the plant drain completely. Do not use salt-softened or distilled water. This is a good time to look closely at your paph for any sign of insects and to remove any leaves that have browned. Paphs belong to the “low” light group of orchids.

How long do the flowers of a Paphiopedilum last?

The flowers of a Paphiopedilum will last anywhere from a week to six months. Cut blooms are surprisingly long-lasting, with reports of survival in the four- to six-month range. The orchid plant itself can easily survive for several years with appropriate care and regular repotting as needed.

What kind of soil does Paphiopedilum delenatii like?

This orchid’s favorite growing medium is porous peat soil or stones. If you don’t have much experience growing Paphs, you probably want to avoid Paphiopedilum bellatulum (the “eggs in a nest” orchid) and Paphiopedilum delenatii.

What kind of environment does a Paphiopedilum orchid need?

This orchid is typically half terrestrial and half epiphytic, which means it grows naturally on the ground and also on other plants and trees. Some species grow on rocks, but this is less common. So generally, a Paphiopedilum orchid expects a tropical environment with plenty of moisture and shade.

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