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Slipper Season

It’s Paphiopedilum season in Plantgasm Gardens right now. We’ve had three go into bloom in the last week. I think Paphiopedilum are the perfect orchids for houses because they’re happy in low light and cool temperatures. In nature, they grow on the forest floor.


Paphiopedilum Pisar (delenatii x concolor)

Paphiopedilum don’t bloom that often, but even when they’re out of bloom, the leaves are often really pretty. They also stay small, which is nice.


Paphiopedilum spicerianum (‘Maybrook’ x ‘Jace’)

Paphiopedilum are often called “slipper orchids” because of the shape of the bloom. The lower portion of the flower resembles a slipper. Really it’s for giving insects a place to land when they come to pollinate.


Alma Gavaert ‘Hagers’ x (Oriental Mystique x Enchanted Orient)

I especially like the way the flowers look before they bloom.

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3 Responses

I love Paphs! My very first one was similar to the purple spotted white one in your first picture. I think they are right up there with Phalaenopsis as the easiest Orchids to grow indoors.

Posted by KM on 14 November 2011 @ 12am

Beautiful plants, Derek! Well done. I love the color of spicerianum, which I think has a very apt name. It looks like it is covered in spices. I imagine it would taste like cinnamon.

Posted by Zach on 14 November 2011 @ 8am

You have some lovely Paphs there!
It’s nice to see some attention paid to the buds too! I posted a series of photos of a Paph opening a while back to show off the different “characters” they seem to take on……..

Call me stupid, but how can I keep up with your upadtes automatically?

Posted by Keith on 19 November 2011 @ 1am


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