Soft focus of Paphiopedilum charlesworthii is a species of plant in the Orchidaceae family

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Soft focus of Paphiopedilum charlesworthii is a species of plant in the Orchidaceae family

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer Orchids in the genus Paphiopedilum are some of the easiest to care for, and they produce beautiful, long-lasting blooms. Let’s learn about these attractive plants. What are Paphiopedilum Orchids? There are about 80 species and hundreds of hybrids in the Paphiopedilum genus. Some have striped or variegated leaves, and others have flowers with spots, stripes or patterns. Many of these varieties are prized by collectors. Paphiopedilum orchids are nicknamed “slipper orchids” because of the unusual shape of their flowers. However, they are different from the North American wildflowers known as lady’s slipper orchids. Most Paphiopedilum species are terrestrial orchids, which means they grow in soil. Terrestrial orchids should be grown in a pot, not in a hanging mount as is sometimes used for tree-dwelling epiphyte orchids. Growing Paphiopedilum terrestrial orchids outdoors is also possible in tropical and subtropical climates. How to Grow

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