Plant of the Week: Paphiopedilum concolor

Paphiopedilum concolor

Paphiopedilum concolor is a small terrestrial orchid with dark green and grey-green mottled leaves. The mottled leaves are up to 6 inches long by 1½ inches wide. Paphiopedilum concolor is a native of Burma, Thailand and Southern Vietnam.

Blooming Time: Spring or Autumn. The 4 inch tall flower stem has reddish hairs and carries one or two flowers approximately 2¾ inches in diameter.

Culture: Paphiopedilum concolor require intermediate to warm conditions. Being terrestrial orchids, they do not like direct sunshine but require semi-shade. We grow our under 52% shade all year. Since they do not have storage organs, they must not be subjected to a resting period. They should be watered every 3 to 5 days. Fertilize monthly with high nitrogen fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. After flowering, water should be restricted for a period of 4 weeks, but take care that the compost never dries out completely. During the spring and summer, sufficient humidity and air circulation is a must. The compost should consist of osmunda fiber, sphagnum moss and a small amount of bark with sand and leaf mold added.

Propagation: Paphiopedilum concolor Is propagated by division in spring.

Paphiopedilum concolor was featured as Plant of the Week December 8-14, 2000.

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