A typical maudiae-type paphiopedilum
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For a past generation, the cattleya orchid was the standard orchid used to
explain the basics of orchid care. That was in the era when orchids were expensive
and generally grown in greenhouses. Using this model for slipper orchids,
mottled-leaf Paphiopedilum Maudiae (and similar hybrids) are our standard of
choice. They are easy to grow, vigorous, can bloom in a 3" pots, and exemplify the
best of their parents.
The waxy pouched flowers, mostly in shades of green, white, tan, and burgundy,
are held above the foliage on tall stems, and last from four to eight weeks. Larger
multigrowth plants will often bloom more than once a year, yet remain relatively
compact. Our guide is applicable to most tropical paphiopedilums including
multiflorals (plants that produce several blooms to spike) and should be
modified, as needed, for slipper orchids that
have requirments that deviate from the standard.