Care of Slipper Orchids

Written by Bob Roy

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 ofrepparttar prettiest orchids around. They have this waxy sheen to them andrepparttar 140969 petals and lips are thicker than most orchids.

The one feature that sets slipper orchids apart from others isrepparttar 140970 lip. It forms a cup like pouch . Another part ofrepparttar 140971 slipper orchid that sets them apart isrepparttar 140972 uppermost sepal which looks like an inverted heart. The lower sepals may be almost completely hidden from view byrepparttar 140973 pouch.

Slipper orchids bloom singly forrepparttar 140974 most part. They generally flower from autumn to spring although there are now hybrids that can bloom at anytime duringrepparttar 140975 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 inrepparttar 140976 shade ofrepparttar 140977 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 ofrepparttar 140978 two different types of paphs.The warm growing need temperatures from 60 - 65 degrees to 75 -85 degrees. Whereasrepparttar 140979 cool growing orchid paphs need temps from 50 - 55 allrepparttar 140980 way up to 75 - 80 degrees. These orchids can also do well with a constant temperatures andrepparttar 140981 cool growing ones can stand temps intorepparttar 140982 40's if needed for a short time.

Orchid Growing for Beginners

Written by Bob Roy

Yes, growing orchids for beginners is very easy. They are like any other house plants, they need water, light, fertilizer and, oh yes, you should talk to them or even play some music.

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One ofrepparttar 140969 long standing myths that I still hear is that growing orchids as house plants are difficult and finicky to grow. Well, plain and simple,repparttar 140970 answer is No. In fact, care for orchids as house plants are easy to grow and will continue to bloom for years. Some orchid plants have been around for centuries.

Here are some highlights you can use as a guide to growing orchids for beginners.


One ofrepparttar 140971 two top items in growing orchids for beginners is Water. The other is light. Orchid house plants and orchid plants in general will need watering periodically, usually you can water once a week. Remember, most orchids are air plants and this means you will see their roots. Their root system, especiallyrepparttar 140972 pseudpods, are very efficient in storing water.

Here is a watering guide you can use: Cattleya, oncidium and dendrobium orchids like to dry out between watering. An easy way to water is to putrepparttar 140973 plant inrepparttar 140974 sink and let water flow throughrepparttar 140975 plant for about 20-30 seconds. Remember, letrepparttar 140976 water drain fromrepparttar 140977 plant before putting it back intorepparttar 140978 decorative pot.

Plhalaenopsis orchids like to almost dry out between watering. To decide onrepparttar 140979 next watering is to stick your finger about an inch intorepparttar 140980 medium which should feel spongy and not bone dry.

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