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The botanical species of Paphiopedilum are found in the jungles of the Far East and Indonesia. They grow mainly in the humus layer of the forest and sometimes on stones. They are found rarely in trees.

Paphiopedilums be also called Venus shoes (in English lady slipper or slipper orchid, and Frauenschuh in German). Approximately sixty to eighty species belong to this genus.

The shoe-shaped lip serves as the insect trap; flying insects are attracted by odors and the promise of nectar in the flower. They can just go out through a small opening, they pass the pistil and stamen and pollen get their body. In a next flower is the pollen then go to the pistil

Appearance of Paphiopedilum

American hybrids are available from October to March. Multi Flowers are available throughout the year. Green Maudiae Femma is available from October to April. The dark red Maudiae is from August to December available. This particular orchids available from the better-stocked florists and tuincentra.De American hybrids have a big flower. Multi flowers have small flowers, often two to four flowers per stem. The Paphiopedilum grows in magazine shoots. The flowers come from the middle of the shoot. American hybrids are from yellow to red, often with a drawing in the back flag (septal). Multi flowers are yellow to brown / red. Paphiopedilum is always propagated by seed, so each plant has unique characteristics.

care Paphiopedilum

Paphiopedilums his shadow Orchids. Put them not in full sun. Too much sun gives light or burnt leaves. The Paphiopedilum flowers six to ten weeks.

The Paphiopedilum loves a light Orchids Ground. Give once a week water, a little more in the summer. Make sure that no water remains at the bottom of the outer pot. Dipping with water for about ten minutes is preferred.

Orchids need very little fertilizer. Enter once a month diet, but only use half the amount of food indicated on the bottle.

The temperature of the Paphiopedilum must be between 15 and 25 ° C.

Each stem blooms only once and then dies. Cut old stems off as deep as possible. The Paphiopedilum flowers after about nine months on a new shoot. If the Paphiopedilum too large, then this can easily be divided into two or three pieces of plants. The Paphiopedilum does not like to be in too big a pot. Once every three to four years to pots Orchids Ground is sufficient.

This orchid is easy to grow in the home. Put the Paphiopedilum not in full sun. Cold nights (12 to 15 ° C) in the spring promote the construction of flower buds.

Because a slightly lower night temperature encourages budding, most Orchids come in the middle of winter to bloom. Paphiopedilum is a slow growing crop. About three years to take the Paphiopedilum old enough to bloom. With sufficient new shoot (leaf) growth this can then bloom every year. The more shoots makes the Paphiopedilum, the greater is the chance that the Paphiopedilum blooms with more flowers.

Caution with sunlight: These plants should not be in the full and direct sun, because the risk of burning. A bright spot where the sun radiates directly is good. A window on the north or a shield from the sun would be fine.

Dipping 1x per week: A pot with the pot in a bowl of water indicates that prevents this plant to be immersed for a short time (10 minutes) with the root ball in the water. After dipping has to drain the water.

Minimum 15 ° C Maximum 25 ° C: This plant feels in most living rooms at home.

Nutrition 1x per month: This plant has a moderate nutritional needs. provide a once a month with food in accordance with the concentration which is recommended on the product, is sufficient.

Not suitable for consumption: These plants are not suitable for consumption by humans and animals.

For more information and inspiration on these and other Orchids You can take a look at www.orchidsinfo.eu .

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