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May 2017

Phalaenopsis

 

PHALAENOPSIS (fal-en-OPP-sis) - These plants are commonly referred to as "Moth Orchids" and are considered among the easi-est of the orchid family to care for as well as the most recognizable. The long-lasting flowers bloom perfectly for up to three months, providing you ample return on your investment. The flowering intervals vary with each plant, and you may be treated to a bloom as often as twice a year. Phalaenopsis have become one of the most popular variety of orchids because of their low maintenance and delicate balance of poise and elegance.

Phalaenopsis is epiphyte shade plants. An epiphyte is a plant that grows non-parasitically upon another plant (such as a tree), and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris accumulating around it instead of the structure it is fastened to.

There are about 60 species in this genus with flowers of various shapes and colors. They are available all year round. Flowers may last several months.

Care instructions

Put in a little and get back a lot!

 

Care Instructions:

Temperature: Phalaenopsis enjoy much the same temperature range as humans do. The minimum temperature is 15 °C, while the maximum temperature should be 30 °C. Any temperature below or above will result in leaf damage or bud drop. Light: Phalaenopsis will flourish indoors under normal lighting conditions, with indirect light as optimal. Phalaenopsis should not be placed in direct sunlight .

Water: Water often enough to keep continuous moisture just below the surface of the medium, but be cautious of over-watering. Watering once a week is normally sufficient to keep your plant healthy and happy. An easy way of watering your orchid is by placing 2-3 ice cubes per week on top of the roots of the plant.

Humidity: Phalaenopsis enjoy moist air, with a humidity level of 55-75% being ideal. Placing your plant over a tray or dish of water can increase moisture. Separate the pot and tray with pebbles or small stones to raise the height of your plant and ensure that it does not sit directly in the water.

Feeding: No feeding of the Phalaenopsis plant will be necessary, tap water will be fine to keep it growing and healthy.

Note: When the last flower drops, cut your flower spike above the second node on the stem. Continue caring for it and wait for a possible re-bloom.