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 THE PAPHIOPEDILUM
American hybrids are available from October to March. Multi Flowers are available throughout the year. This particular orchids available from the better-stocked florists and garden centers. 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.
Paphiopedilums his shadow orchids. Never put them in the full midday sun. Too much sun gives light or burnt leaves. The daytime temperature of the gevlektbladigen must be between 20 and 24 ° C. At the groenbladigen the daytime temperature should be between 17 and 22 ° C. Paphiopedilum flowers six to ten weeks.
The Paphiopedilum loves an airy pot mix. 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 rain water for about ten minutes is preferred.
Orchids need very little fertilizer. Enter once every two or three weeks orchid food, but only use half the amount of food indicated on the bottle. 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.
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. Make sure when transplanting to the foot of the Paphiopedilum is under the oppotmateriaal, otherwise stops the root growth. 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 repotting orchids in soil is sufficient.
Because a slightly lower night temperature encourages budding, most orchids are in the middle of winter to bloom. Paphiopedilum is a slow-growing plant, it takes about three years for 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.