Successful Paphiopedilum Growing - My Top Ten Tips Paphiopedilums are a relatively trouble free orchid genus to grow as long as you establish an environment that they appreciate and management practices that suit their needs. I grow all types of paphipedilums from the large exhibition type to the smallest of species and find basically their culture requirements are similar. Paphiopedilums are also a genus that does not seem to suffer from the insect attacks and diseases of many other genera.especially if they are grown well. How do you grow them well? Here are ten helpful tips that I find work for me: Environment Start off with a good environment. So often we are caught up with acquiring plants, plants and more plants. After all plants are what the hobby is all about. How sad it is when plants hastily purchased are lost because our housing was not suitable. Overcrowding, inadequate cover from the weather and incorrect shading have killed many a paphiopedilum. Construct a glasshouse with 70% shade cloth that is a least twice as big as you think you will need and you are well on your way. Acquiring Stock Always start off with healthy well rooted plants that appear to be growing well. Look for evidence of new growth and try to establish that the plant is firm in the pot. If the top growth looks healthy and shiny, usually the roots are OK. Purchase both seedlings and mature plants so you have some excitement with plants flowering...
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