Venus Slipper Orchid - Plant

Venus Slipper Orchid

What a joy!

Venus Slipper (Paphiopedilum sp.) is such a lovely hybrid that makes a fabulous eye-catcher that can be placed anywhere as long as the foliage is not in full sun. Add a touch of class to your home with this lovely orchid! It produces one flower stem with one flower, and then a new shoot appears. The flowers vary in colour and petal pattern and do indeed resemble a fancy lady's slipper. Consider ordering more than one to achieve the best look in your home.
You will receive one plant with a flower stem in bud. Height supplied is 40-45 cm in a 12 cm diameter pot.
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  • Planting
  • Your Lady's Slipper will come in a nursery pot. This orchid's ancestors were found on the floor of the tropical rain forests and therefore have no aerial roots. This orchid likes the shade. Stand it in a warm spot in the living room but never in the sun. The perfect temperature for this Paphiopedilum hybrid lies between 18 and 22°C.
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  • Care
  • The Lady's Slipper's likes humidity and it is advisable to keep the potting compost moist with regular watering preferably using lime free (rain) water. Needs a lot of watering in the summer months. Must have good drainage. Never water the leaves, only the soil. Use a liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks - use what you would for flowering plants or tomatoes, something with a high potassium content. Cut out overblown flowers. Each stem will flower once and then forms at least one new flower stem. Pot up into a larger pot if the plant outgrows the pot. The Paphiopedilum sp. can also be propagated but do leave at least 3 shoots together in one pot. Use a sharp knife when separating and use an airy orchid potting compost specifically for orchids to plant them in.
    No dormant period!
    The Lady's Slipper does not form any pseudobulb but creates new shoots. If they do appear, you will know that the plant is growing well. Once the new shoots are as big as the adult shoots, a flower stem will automatically develop - Paphiopedilum sp. has therefore no dormant period. Do not allow the potting medium to dry out completely but give less plant food once the shoot is at full size. Feed again when flowering.
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  • Specifics
  • The gorgeously coloured and patterned flowers of the Lady's Slipper have no scent. The huge lip of the flower plays a large part in pollination. Curious insects that enter in are imprisoned in this lip and can only escape through one particular exit. This exit passes the stamens with the pollen, which then sticks to the insect as it passes. The insect then brushes up against the next flower's stamens. This is an easily grown house plant that will be often admired. As the flower really does resemble 'a lady's slipper' it is given just this exact name in many different languages.
    The forefathers of this remarkable orchid are from the tropics of South Eastern Asia. This is a very large group and is extremely popular amongst hobby growers of orchids. Paphiopedilum sp. originally grew on the floor of the tropical rain forests of South Eastern Asia and therefore has no aerial roots. It must be grown in a rich humus potting medium and must never dry out completely. Although the Lady's Slipper can flower more than once a year, this hybrid will flower but once.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Paphiopedilum  
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 100% growth and flowering guarantee
    Color Multicoloured
    Light preference partial sun
    Scented deliciously scented
    Flowers for cutting no
    Growing height30 - 45 cm
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