Maybe you’ve heard of the Lady Slipper orchid and how beautiful it is. This post aims to make care of this delicate plant easy to understand, and to answer questions you might have about what it takes to grow and care for the Lady Slipper orchid at home.

How Much Light Is Needed for the Lady Slipper Orchid?

Morning or evening sun is okay, but plants should be shaded in midday. High open shade or the shade of the north side of a building will work very well.


The most important factor for soil is that it be well-drained! The soil should not be allowed to dry out completely, especially during the first year as plants are getting established.


When planted in a good rich soil, fertilizer is not always necessary. However, you may wish to try a yearly spring application of a granular organic fertilizer. If you like to actively fertilize, you can apply a quarter-strength liquid fertilizer every 7 to 10 days from spring until mid-August.


Resist all temptation to over-water. Lady Slipper orchids like an evenly moist soil. As with all plants, early morning watering is best, and they should never be allowed to dry out completely.

If you have any further questions about the Lady Slipper Orchid, contact us at our Portland garden center! We’d be happy to talk orchids and get you started the right way.

A lifelong Oregon resident, Drake has been passionate about plants since childhood, beginning with propagating and growing flowers at his grandfather’s nursery. He opened Drake’s 7 Dees in 1974, while earning degrees in Business and Horticulture from Oregon State University. He later expanded into the design/build side of the industry, allowing him to combine his passion for plants with his love of family by maximizing the quality of family time spent outdoors.

Drake is co-founder of the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association and is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (LICM)—a designation that less than two percent of landscapers have attained. Additionally, Drake serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Japanese Gardens, widely regarded as one of the seven best Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Drake is married to former Oregon Speaker of the House, Lynn Snodgrass. Together, he and Lynn received the Farm Bureau President’s award in 1999 for their service and dedication to agriculture in the state of Oregon. Drake and Lynn have two wonderful daughters, two talented son-in-laws, and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, Drake enjoys camping, water and snow skiing, reading, and of course, gardening.