Maybe you’ve heard of the lady slipper orchid, and how beautiful it is, or maybe even…how difficult it may be to care for. This post aims to make it simpler to understand, and answer your 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. Cypripediums do prefer to grow in a cool spot to a warm one!


Whether your soil is slightly acidic, slightly basic or neutral, whether it is of a largely mineral or a mainly organic composition, the most important factor 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.


Please resist all temptation to over-water. These plants 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 Nursery and Garden Center!