Paphiopedilums are the tropical cousins to the North American
Ladyslipper. They are native to southeast Asia and the Philippines.
Paphiopedilums are one of the easiest orchids for the home
grower. Their light requirements are medium to bright without
any direct sunlight. Ideal position is one t three feet
from an east, west or south facing window; or curtain filtered
sunlight. They will also excel in a light garden.
Most paphiopedilums require a night temperature of 50F
to 65F, with a day temperature of 65F to 85F.
Growing your orchid in a hydroculture planter takes all
the guess work out of when to water and how much. Water
when there is no water in the outside pot.
Mix the nutrient solution as per packet directions. You
may store the nutrient in a gallon plastic bottle to be
used when needed. It is best to keep it at room temperature
and out of direct sunlight.
Pour the nutrient slowly into the clay pebbles next to
the water level indicator. Water until the indicator is
just below the "opt" level. Always be sure there
is no water in the outside pot before watering again.
Paphiopedilums have no psuedobulbs and should not remain
dry for any period of time. Their roots are extremely sensitive
to an excessive amount of nutrient in the growing medium.
If you water source is hard water you may want to water
with distilled or rain water in order to keep the medium
free of a salt build-up.
About once month, rinse the foliage and the clay pebbles
under warm running water to remove any dust and accumulated
plant food from the growing medium. Be sure to blot dry
any moisture that is in the crown of the plant. Return the
culture pot to the outer pot and water with the prepared
nutrient solution. Alternate with plain water the next time
you water. This watering pattern will help to avoid a mineral