Never let these orchids dry between watering. They require copious amounts of water and enjoy keeping their "feet" wet in a saucer beneath the pot. This is one orchid that you really can't over water. Again, some species such as such as Phragmipedium wallisii
and Phragmipedium lindenii
do like it drier than others, so check the requirements for your particular orchid.
Fertilize heavy in the spring and less in the fall and winter. Never use urea-containing fertilizer
This will depend on the type you are growing. Most Phragmipedium
s require more light
species although some, such as Phragmipedium besseae
and Phrag. pearcei
, may survive under more subdued light. Most will do well at 2000-3000 foot-candles of light. Check the culture sheet for each species to find the correct lighting requirement.
Generally day temperature in the 70's (21 o
C) to 80's (27 o
C) and at nights from the 50's (10 o
C) to low 60's (16 o
C) will be enjoyed by most Phragmipedium