Jurahame Leyva was on hand to discuss his novel approach to growing Lady Slippers at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on March 12. Leyva brought a number of beautiful paphiopedilum orchids, commonly referred to as ‘paphs’, and pulled apart a few of them for demonstration.
“One of the first things you’ll notice is that paphiopedilums have no pseudobulbs, so why would it grow like an orchid with one?” Leyva said.
“Roots are most important. People spend too much time focusing on what’s above the top of the pot, but the key to paphs is healthy roots. Tip is most important part of root. Biggest problem is that the tip dries out.”