Paphiopedilum orchids have fan-like leaves and a pouch,
or slipper, as part of the flower.
The pouch’s purpose is to trap a pollinating insect.
The insect is first lured to the lip of the pouch before it slips inside.
Then it must use a ladder of small hairs that are covered
with pollen to climb back out,
thus ensuring that the plant can spread its pollen to another orchid.
hybridizers have been busy with the Paphs.,
creating new and exciting crosses.
Paphiopedilums are valued for their longevity
and some plants have been known
to live for 150 years in collections.
Paphs. should be repotted once a year,
like other orchids,
but the roots should not be disturbed
and the pot should be kept as small as possible.
Use a bark-based compost growing medium.
Paphs. should be kept out of direct sunlight
and should be kept evenly moist all year long.
It is recommended that they be fed with a balanced fertilizer
at half-strength weekly.
The blooms need to be supported
so that they are shown to their best advantage.