Yes, Slipper Orchid Care Is Little Tricky But Read On and You Can Do It
Slipper orchid care for these orchids is a little more difficult than cattleyas but you can be successful. To me slipper orchids are one of prettiest orchids around. They have this waxy sheen to them and petals and lips are thicker than most orchids.
The one feature that sets slipper orchids apart from others is lip. It forms a cup like pouch . Another part of slipper orchid that sets them apart is uppermost sepal which looks like an inverted heart. The lower sepals may be almost completely hidden from view by pouch.
Slipper orchids bloom singly for most part. They generally flower from autumn to spring although there are now hybrids that can bloom at anytime during year. As beautiful as these orchids are I need to tell you about slipper orchid care.
These paph orchids have no water storing features on them. And they are generally terrestrial,soil growing, growing in shade of forest floor where they can always be moist. So watering needs to be available constantly. Paph orchid care requires that they be moist and never dry or soggy.
Paphs are unique, they are both warm growing and cool growing plants. Slipper orchid care will alter a little because of two different types of paphs.The warm growing need temperatures from 60 - 65 degrees to 75 -85 degrees. Whereas cool growing orchid paphs need temps from 50 - 55 all way up to 75 - 80 degrees. These orchids can also do well with a constant temperatures and cool growing ones can stand temps into 40's if needed for a short time.