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
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 salt build-up.