paphiopedilum “dellaina” is a cultivar, based on paph. delenatii and paph. chamberlainianum. the fooliage of this easy to grow lady’s slipper orchid is mottled.
paphiopedilum “dellaina” is suitable for bright to light shaded positions. it must be protected from afternoon sun, some morning and/or evening sun will be tolerated.
it can be grown at room temperature the year round, with a winter minimum of 13 °c/55 °f.
paphiopedilum “dellaina” can either be planted in a regular orchid soil or a mix between orchid bark, small lava rocks and regular potting soil (2:1:1).
drench the soil well, what’s flowing out of the pot must be removed after some minutes. wet legs can cause rotten roots. before adding water next let it slightly dry.
a half diluted orchid fertilizer can be given monthly in spring/summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter. recently bought or repotted plants don’t need to be feeded for the first six to eight weeks.
paphiopedilum “dellaina” welcomes a medium humidity (+/-50 %).
reblooming paphiopedilum “dellaina”
if the flower spike has dried it can be cutted off, it will not bloom again. after blooming the orchid produces new shoots. eight to twelfe months later the lady’s slipper is ready for blooming again. a cooler period in winter (13-15 °c/55-59 °f) can be helpful if bloom appears reluctant.
paphiopedilum “dellaina” can be propagated by division.