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Paphiopedilum Orchid Care: A Guide from the American Orchid Society

Paphiopedilum Care

Paphiopedilum orchids, commonly known as the "slipper orchids", are a genus of over 75 species of orchids native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Australia, and New Guinea. They are prized for their beautiful flowers, which come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. If you are thinking about adding a Paphiopedilum orchid to your home, or if you already have one and you are not sure how to care for it, this guide is for you.


Paphiopedilum orchids should be watered when the potting mix is dry to the touch. Water thoroughly, and then allow the potting mix to dry out again before watering again. Avoid getting water on the leaves or flowers, as this can cause them to rot.



Paphiopedilum orchids should be fertilized every two weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. Reduce fertilizing to once a month during the winter months.



Paphiopedilum orchids should be re-potted every two to three years, or when the potting mix breaks down. Use a fresh potting mix that is designed for orchids.


Pests and Diseases:

Paphiopedilum orchids are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, including mealybugs, scale, and root rot. If you notice any pests or diseases, treat them immediately with an appropriate pesticide or fungicide.



If your Paphiopedilum orchid is not blooming, it may be because it is not getting enough light. Move the plant to a brighter spot, and it should start to bloom again. If the leaves of your Paphiopedilum orchid are turning yellow, it may be because the plant is getting too much water. Reduce watering, and the leaves should turn green again.



Paphiopedilum orchids are beautiful and easy-to-care-for plants. With a little bit of care, you can enjoy your Paphiopedilum orchid for many years to come.

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