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Paphiopedilum hybrids

Slipper orchid

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Key information

Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Expert

Paphiopedilum

Plant details

Paphiopedilums are some of the most widely cultivated of the orchids. Commonly called slipper orchids, the name refers to the lip of the flower which, is pouch shaped and used to attract pollinators. Paphiopedilum hybrids enjoy moderate humidity and temperatures, many modern hybrids are easier to grow at home than the original species. In winter give Paphiopedilum hybrids full light, water sparingly, but don't allow the compost to dry out between watering.

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Paphiopedilum

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Expert

Height: 24cm

Spread: 20cm

Flowering period: November to March


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