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It is said that there are two types of Paphiopedilum orchids (common names: Aphrodite Sandal, Lady Slipper). The ones with all green foliage are the cool growing ones that can stay under the shade outdoor. While the ones with mottled leaves need warmer environment, and here in Melbourne will be perfect to grow in well lit room indoor.

The one that I bought yesterday was the one with very pretty mottled leaves. It has one unopened flower, stripy green and white. Both the flower and long stem are covered with fine hair. There was an old label with unclear name, but I guess it is the P. maudiae type. The green and grey mottled leaves look so healthy and fresh, and it has two pups (new growth). It will need similar requirements as Phalaenopsis, but much less fussy. Being terrestrial, Paphiopedilum orchids used to live on moist forest floor that is rich with hummus. It is important to keep the growing medium moist all the time but not wet. Orchid fertiliser weakly-weekly is needed to keep the plant happy and thriving.