Best Orchid for Low Light Area

I love orchids but the light in my apartment is not great. In your opinion which would be the best type of orchid to get? Thank you for your time.

Hi Toni,

Burgundy colored Slipper Orchid

Slipper Orchid Paphiopedilum maudiae-coloratum

I think Paphiopedilums are the best low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron. orchids. These orchids are often called “slipper orchids” because of their interesting pouch. Some refer to them as “paph” orchids. They grow well in an east window or in a west or south window if there are curtains. If your slipper orchid is getting too much light the leaves get a reddish tinge on the edges of the leaves. If your Slipper Orchid does not bloom or the leaves are a very dark green, the plant needs more light.

Water
Slipper orchids need to be watered more often than other orchids because they have no pseudobulbs to store water, but be careful not to over water and cause root rot. When you do water, water well and allow all of the excess water to drain out so that the plant never sits in water. Do not use water that has passed through a softener (too salty) or distilled water. Avoid getting water on the leaves.
Temperature
Paphs like 75-85º F during the day and 60-65F at night.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. 
Weakly, weakly is the phrase used to feed orchids. Use a well balanced orchid fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. diluted to ¼ the recommended strength every week. Once a month use clear water and flush out any salts or other chemicals that may have built up in the soil.
Provide good air circulations around the plant.