Paphiopedilum sp. is one of the best known of all orchid genera. Most species being terrestrial in habit. The natural habitat of phaphiopedilum is limited to the region stretching from India through the Malayan peninsula, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines.
Blooming Time: Winter
Culture: Paphiopedilum sp. require intermediate to warm conditions. Being terrestrial orchids they do not like direct sunshine but require semi-shade. Since they do not have storage organs, they must not be subjected to a resting period. They should be watered every 3-5 days. After flowering watering should be restricted for a period of 4 weeks. During spring and summer, sufficient humidity and sufficient air circulation is necessary. The compost should consist of osmunda fiber, sphagnum moss and a small amount of bark with sand and leaf mold added.
Propagation: Paphiopedilum sp. is propagated by division in spring.
Paphiopedilum sp. was featured as Plant of the Week December 3-9, 1999.
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