The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, due to an official government function. The Conservatory will return to normal hours December 7.
Paphiopedilums are wonderful orchids for the home, requiring conditions normal in most residences. Indirect sun from an east, west or shaded southern window, temperatures between 55 at night and 85 during day is needed along with about 60 percent humidity. In the home humidity can be provided by a spray bottle or from placing the orchid on a tray of pebbles in water. Repotting maybe needed ever couple of years as most orchid potting mixtures break down rapidly. In addition to adequate light, a diluted balanced fertilizer application is requried for health and flowering.