The paphiopedilum, or more commonly known as the Venus hoof, is a flower in the orchid family. Like many of this type of plant, it is appreciated for the aesthetics of its particularly beautiful flowers which make orchids particularly popular plants. It should also be noted that the Venus hoof is one of the rare orchids naturally present in Europe, it is however very uncommon and protected.
Varieties of paphiopedilums
The Venus clog is an orchid which presents a particularly large number of varieties since there are about 80 of them, and thousands of hybrids. We will note more particularly the Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum "Liemianum", and its pink hooves, or the Paphiopedilum goulteniacum "Album", green and white.
Planting and flowering of paphiopedilum
The paphiopedilum is grown most of the time in pots, but it is also possible to plant it in a greenhouse. Planting or repotting will be done in the spring, using a mixture for terrestrial orchids that will be more suited to the requirements of the plant. Flowering takes place in the summer from May to July, but like most orchids, it is as spectacular and beautiful as it is difficult to obtain.
Maintenance of paphiopedilum
The two most delicate factors to maintain in order to successfully cultivate the Venus hoof concern the supply of water and light. Indeed, for one as for the other, he absolutely does not tolerate excesses. It will then be necessary to take care to maintain a moist but not soggy soil and a light exposure while avoiding full sun.
Diseases and parasites of paphiopedilum
The main infections of the Venus hoof are due to an excess or lack of water or light, which can cause yellowing of the leaves in one case, or rotting in the other. However, the plant is also sensitive to certain parasites which must be watched out for, such as mealybugs, red spiders or aphids.