Paphiopedilum micranthum

Paphiopedilum micranthum

One of the more fascinating species from China is Paphiopedilum micranthum.

It is the large bowl shaped lip that really makes this such an interesting species, and the star attraction at many orchid shows.

With the petals on the flower above the lip varying in color from pinks and yellows, to greens and reds, a good variety of named cultivars are available as well as the species.

The bowl or lip is often white to pale pink which makes the flower above a standout.

Paphiopedilum micranthum Care

  • Light – Good filtered light a 75% shade cloth will do nicely.
  • Temperature – A range of 55 – 70 degrees F from winter to summer. Most Paphiopedilum species do not like heat.
  • Humidity – 50 to 70 percent humidity is ideal for most species.
  • Fertilization – Use a formulated orchid fertilizer one a month, we like to use 1/4 strength at the start and then adjust to needs.
  • Watering –
  • Water often enough to let the potting mix or sub strata dry completely between watering. Every 2 weeks is a guide depending on temperature.