From the foothills of the Himalayas is yet another fascinating species, from Bhutan to India we have Paphiopedilum spicerianum. First introduced into culture in the late 1800s, its origins are a little dubious, however the general 'Foothills of the Himalayas' probably covers the area.
This an orchid that again prefers cool winters and warm summers growing naturally in areas of protected shade. It is one of the easier Paphs to grow, and make a good introduction to the genus.
The colour of the flowers and the pouches will vary, as will the dorsal sepal wich seems to be from white to pink in colour.
Care and growing conditions
Liking a little humidity to grow well this is an epiphytic orchid requiring dappled shade (low light) and a dryish winter and a moist but well drained growing medium.
Flowering in late winter Paphiopedilum spicerianum could easily be grown indoors under lights. As this is a fast growing species, flowering early in its life, we suggest repotting mature specimens every 1 - 2 years
- Use an open free draining potting mix.
- Do not over water
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