The common name of Paphiopedilum
is Lady Slipper Orchid, refering to
their unusual cup-like pouch in the flower. These fascinating plants
display flowers that have an incredible variety colors and last for 6
weeks or more.
Paphiopedilum is a good starter plant if your growing
area is small and lacks sun. If you can grow African Violets you can
grow this orchid - the care is the same. Their compact size also makes them an excellent windowsill plant.
In the right
conditions, many Paphs will flower twice or more each
year. Some plants produce up to 6 flowers at once! Their waxy, mottled,
colored leaves make them an interesting plant even when they're not
flowering. (Most orchids are not all that interesting when not
Nature, Paphiopedilums grow along the forest floor (instead of in the
trees) where their roots get constant moisture. Perfect for
Hydroponics! They do not have the water storing capabilities of most
orchids so they don't require long dry periods between
For beginners, Paphiopedilums are a great "next plant" after Phaleanopsis. Our Hydroponic system makes watering easy.