Does my slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum) need very warm temperatures to stay healthy?


Most orchids need a distinct fluctuation between day and night temperatures to successfully produce flowers.

  • Warm-growing Paphiopedilum in the mottled-leaf and multiflora groups prefer day temperatures between 75 and 85°F., with night temperatures between 60 and 65°F.
  • Cool-growing Paphiopedilum in the green leaf group prefer day temperatures between 70 and 80°F., with night temperatures between 55 and 60°F.

Lowering night temperature for several weeks can help to initiate flowering. For the multifloral group, a two month cool period at 50 to 60ºF. initiates flower spikes.

Learn more about caring for a slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum) in our Paphiopedilum Culture Guide.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Jan 20, 2023
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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