Orhidee Paphiopedilum wenshanense
Orhidee Paphiopedilum wenshanense
Orhidee Paphiopedilum wenshanense

Orchid Paphiopedilum wenshanense

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Orchid Paphiopedilum wenshanense
The genus name derives from the name of the city of Paphos, in Cyprus, dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite (also known as Paphia), where the legend says that she was incarnated from the foam of the sea, together with the word pedilon (ancient Greek), meaning sandal or slipper. The name of the orchids of this genus, in Romanian, Venus' Slipper, is a translation of the scientific name. Although there are no species of Paphiopedilum in Cyprus, or at least in Europe, for a long time they were associated with the species of the genus Cypripedium, which are present in the Mediterranean area, including the rest of Europe, as well as in Romania, where the species Cypripedium calceolus (Lady's slipper) it is present and registered with the status of Monument of Nature. The actual pachyopedilum species, present in the horticultural trade, and which form the basis of most of the hybrids currently available, are of East Asian origin.
The genus is functionally divided into two categories: species with green, uniformly colored leaves, which prefer higher temperature conditions, and species with spotted leaves, with smaller flowers, and which prefer lower temperature conditions. At the same time, species with spotted leaves offer more blooms per year, compared to those with uniform green leaves, where there is only one bloom per year.
It is a compact plant, with very frequent flowering, easy to grow in apartment conditions, long-lasting, the flowers last between 6 weeks and 3 months. It blooms in autumn, summer and spring, once to 3 times a year. After the withering and falling of the flowers, it is recommended to cut the flower stalks as close as possible to the base, in order to stimulate reblooming, after a period of approximately 9 months.
Pot diameter 9-10.5 cm Epiphyte taxon (grows on trees) or lithophile (grows among stones), prefers medium-grained bark substrates or mixed with gravel or volcanic tuff of maximum 0.5-1 cm diameter, in a percentage of 25% . The culture's preferred environment is generally represented by various mixtures of fir or pine bark, dry foliage, sphagnum moss, vermiculite. There is no standard in this sense, the choice of the substrate remains largely the choice of the grower, but it is necessary to change the substrate as soon as its compaction and/or decomposition is observed, as both aspects can lead to the death of the plants.
Growing temperatures vary from a minimum of 10 - 16 °C to a maximum of 24 °C, and humidity from 40% to 80%.
The natural environmental conditions, represented by the shaded areas of the forests, under dense crowns or thickets, with cold nights necessary for the initiation of growth are useful clues in creating conditions for these species in indoor culture, but according to the American Orchid Society, P. maudiae and hybrids it does not require the presence of those conditions, blooming easily throughout the year at constant temperatures starting with 18 °C.
Watering is recommended once a week, by submerging for 10 minutes, and then draining the water. At the same time, additional spraying of the substrate in the warm season is recommended, avoiding excessive spraying of the leaves.
It is important for this genus not to allow the substrate to dry completely, in contrast to other genera, the Paphiopedilum genus does not possess water and nutrient storage tissues (thickened leaves and roots, pseudobulbs, reed-like stems), so the plants strongly feeling the variations in the availability of water and nutrients.
If it is preferred to keep the pots in decorative ceramic masks, special attention will be paid so that the water does not stagnate in them. Fertilization can be done at intervals of one month, but at concentrations of 50% compared to the dosage recommended on the package. During the start of flowering, it is recommended to use a fertilizer richer in phosphorus, to help the formation of flower buds. Genus/Type: Paphiopedilum

Stage:: without flowers (pots 5-6cm)

without flowers (pots 5-6cm)
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