A popular cooler climate Paphiopedilum Orchids ( paphs ) are native to China, India and South East Asia. A collectors favourite and often referred to as 'slipper orchids'.
Fairly easy to grow and popular with hybridisers popular species include P. maudiae, P. sanderianum, P. insigne and P. lowii
Best grown in a glasshouse with 75% shade cloth and never overwatered, especially during winter.
A medium pine bark medium seems suitable for most species, and although this a little more costly than normal mediums it is well worth the investment, it drains freely and Paphiopedilum Orchids love it.
These are a winter flowering orchid and are best divided after flowering in late spring while they are in active growth.