Paphiopedilum Hsinying Gold x Stone Lovely (bulldog) 4in
Paphiopedilums or lady slipper orchids, have characteristic pitcher-like flowers. Although they appear carnivorous in shape and physiology, they do not eat insects. They have very similar care requirements to the more common Phalaenopsis (moth orchid) genus. This Paph is a bulldog type meaning it has large ruffled flowers (3-4 inches in diameter!) and blooms once a year from the new growth. For those that enjoy easy-growing orchids, this is the Paph for you.
First two blooms pictured are the parents of this orchid. Third photo is the bloom of this orchid after about 3-4 weeks. Unless stated, may not be in bloom.
PAPHIOPEDILUM CARE INFO:
Potting mix: Coarse/fine bark mix. Repot in Spring once per year to prevent acidification of bark.
Light: Bright-indirect to medium light. North or East facing is preferred. South or West tolerated, ensure proper shielding to protect leaves from direct sun exposure. Place within 3 ft of a light source or window.
Water: Water frequently in hot months when media reaches dry. Do not allow to reach and stay dry. Flush the pot monthly to prevent acidification.
Temp: Intermediate-warm (50F min night, 85F max day).
Humidity: 30-60%, tolerant of moderate-low humidity.
Fertilizing: 1/2-1/4 strength urea-free fertilizer, once a month as new roots and leaves emerge. Decrease to 1/4 or 1/8 strength once monthly in Winter.