Paphiopedilum originates from an area stretching from the Himalayas to South-East Asia and Indonesia. The common name for this type of Orchid is Venus mule. This relates to the fact that the flower looks like a part of a shoe. Most species grow in the forest, near the foot of mountains and in the shade. Others grow on trees or on bare rocks. The plants do need light, but not direct sunlight. Watering once a week should be enough. The fertiliser preferences are the same as Phalaenopsis. The flowering period is throughout the year, but in particular in wintertime.