A little variable in colour we have the fascinating species Paphiopedilum micranthum. ( see picture right ) For sheer volume of pouch this is a wonderful orchid. Flowering in spring, the huge slipper is the attraction along with the colorful sepals that attract so much attention.
It may not be the easiest of orchids to grow, however with perserverance and good conditions it can be flowered succeddfully and regularly. It is the balance of temperature, light and moisture at different periods in the growth cycle that are the key.
Cool but not cold winters with good filtered light and a little dryness, no dark wet winters for this orchid.
A few varieties are available including P.micranthum var. eburnum which has a white slipper and more yellow in the sepals.
Care and growing conditions
Cool winters with a little less water, warm humid summers, dappled shade and fairly dry in winter. Paphiopedilum micranthum is not the easiest of the Paphs. however it is a wonderful flowering specimen if you can get it going. Good air movement is essential
- Give the plant room to throw new stolons, try growing in a orchid basket where it can push out growth as it wants to.
- Use an open free draining potting mix.
- Do not over water
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