Paphiopedilums are lovely Asian lady slipper orchids with showy flowers. From Victorian times there are extremely popular in cultivation, which is no surprise given their relative easiness of growing and outstanding beauty. They are mostly terrestrials and lithophytes and occasionally epiphytes with only five species of obligate epiphytes, they grow in different biomes and Paphiopedilum is a complex genus. There are six subgenera within this genus, which are divided by their morphological features, ecology, and phylogeny. They have spectacular differences one from another, so they are a good choice as collectibles, and also they are great in hybridization, producing spectacular hybrids with wonderful flowers of different colors – for instance so-called American hybrid “Paphiopedilum Newberry Jade Dream” has marvelous lime yellow flowers.
Paphiopedilums are sympodial orchids without pseudobulbs. Some of them have beautifully mottled leaves of different shades of white, light green and dark green. Such mottled leaved varieties usually intermediate to warm, they are rather easy, free-flowering and need low light to thrive. Some green-leaf Paphiopedilums of subgenus Polyantha, such as Paphiopedilum rothschildianum ‘Raye’ x ‘Chester Hills’ AM/AOS are epiphytic and need more open and well-drained substrates and more rare watering, but they are warm to hot and also rather easy to grow and bloom. And Paphiopedilums of subgenus Paphiopedilum need cool winter rest to establish flowers, so they’re more difficult in indoor growing than intermediate to warm Paphiopedilums with mottled or green leaves. Here are some great Lady slipper orchids for sale.
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Paphiopedilums for sale
|Orchid Insanity – Lady Slipper Orchid, Complex Hybrid Red-dominant Flower variety Paphiopedilum long-lasting blooms, hardy, easy to grow paph (NOT IN BLOOM WHEN SHIPPED)
by Orchid Insanity
by Kawamoto Orchid Nursery
|Paph. Henrietta Fujiwara (Paph. haynaldianum album x Paph. primulinum ‘Lemon Surprise’)
by Carter and Holmes Orchids