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


The Paphiopedilum are also commonly called “Little Shoes”. About sixty to eighty species belong to this generation.


The shoe-shaped lip serves as a trap; Flying insects are attracted by the fragrance and promise of nectar in the flower. They can only exit through a narrow opening, past the pestle and stamens, the pollen remains on their bodies. In a next flower, the pollen ends up in the pestle, pollinating the flower.



Paphiopedilum are shade orchids. Never place them in the afternoon sun. Too much sun can burn the leaves. The daytime temperature for spotted leaves should be between 20 and 24°C. For green leaves, the temperature should be between 17 and 22°C during the day. 

Paphiopedilum blooms for six to ten weeks.


Water moderately, never leaving the plant in water. It is preferred to use rainwater for about ten minutes.


Orchids need very little fertilizer. Feed orchids once every two to three weeks, but only use half the amount of food indicated on the package. This orchid is easy to grow in the living room. Do not place the Paphiopedilum in full sunlight. Cool nights (12-15°C) in spring promote the formation of flower buds.


Each stem only flowers once and then dies. Cut the old stem as deep as possible. Paphiopedilum blooms again about nine months later. When transplanting, make sure that the foot of the Paphiopedilum is under the top material, otherwise root growth will stop. Paphiopedilum does not like to be in very large pots. Transplanting every three to four years with orchid mix is sufficient.


Because a slightly lower nighttime temperature stimulates bud, most orchids bloom in mid-winter. Paphiopedilum is a slow growing crop, taking about three years to reach maturity. From there, it can then bloom every year.


The more buds the plant manages to give, the greater the chances of blooming with more flowers.

Paphiopedilum 'USA' hybride

SKU: P1495
  • Vase 12 cm | Plant Height 30 cm

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