Slipper Orchids

Slipper Orchid

Slipper Orchid

Years ago, Grace gave us a pot with what looked like a bunch of fronds living in it. She declared them slipper orchids and we took them home to wait and see. The pot ended up stuck under a tree and as near as I can tell has been neglected by us and our tenants ever since. A couple of months ago I moved the pot inside hoping maybe something would happen. Well, it has. We have orchids. 6 of them to be exact. They’re really beautiful, but even without the flowers, the plant is quite lush and pretty.

Of course when Grace saw them she informed me I need to re-pot them, breaking them up into smaller batches so they have room to grow. But I like them just the way they are.

slipper orchid

Update 26 June: Today the first orchid has given up the ghost. Interestingly it was one of the last to open. The one that opened more than 6 weeks ago is still going strong.


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2 Responses to Slipper Orchids

  1. Are they called slipper orchids because of the shape of the flower or some other reason?

    They really are very pretty 🙂

    • Yep, it’s because of the shape. The pocket is supposed to look like a slipper and I guess it does if you have really short, fat feet :-O

      All 6 are fully opened and still as fresh as the first day they bloomed. It’s a fantastic plant. And to think, I didn’t even know I had orchids a couple of months ago. I wasn’t sure what this plant was. I remembered something about a iris (it was a hand-me-down).

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