Phalaenopsis Orchids are one of the easiest to grow. If you are looking for orchids to grow inside that won’t burden you with too much care, then you should look for Phalaenopsis Orchids, otherwise known as Moth Orchids. It is so named because its flowers look like small moths.
Phalaenopsis Orchids do come from the tropics, so they like a lot of humidity. The best way to provide humidity is by setting the plant pots on trays filled with gravel with water underneath.
Make sure the bottom of the pots never touch the water. As far as watering the plants themselves, the best rule to follow is to never let them completely dry out. Ninety-percent dry is just about right. Hold the plant before watering–it should feel very light.
If you should spill water or have water drops form on the leaves, wipe dry with a paper towel. The leaves of Phalaenopsis Orchids do not like to be wet.
Lighting requirements for Phalaenopsis Orchids are not as strict as for many orchids. In fact, they like light but not direct sunlight.
The leaves should never be touched by sunlight for more than five or ten minutes. You should provide light but shaded light.
Phalaenopsis Orchids do well under artificial light too. Artificial lights should be placed six inches above the plant.
One of the reasons Phalaenopsis Orchids do so well in the home environment is because they like temperatures between seventy and eight-two during the day and in the sixties at night. The plant does not do well in temperatures ninety-five degrees or higher. Temperatures must remain consistent.
Like most orchids, Phalaenopsis Orchids like lots of fertilizer applied regularly. Complete fertilizers such as 20-20-20 or Miracle Gro work well.
Orchids do not like salt or chlorine in the water.
With new plants, repotting should be done once a year and once every two years with mature plants.
Use a mixture that drains quickly, such as fir bark, perlite, charcoal, chunky sphagnum peat or tree fern fiber. Trim off any dead roots and make sure none of the older planting mix remains on the roots.
Push the new plant growing mix around the roots. After repotting Phalaenopsis Orchids, do not water for three days and keep the plant in the shade.
The neatest thing about Phalaenopsis Orchids is that when they bloom they have many flowers and each one lasts from 80 to 120 days. So, your patience with the plant will feel like it was really worthwhile when you have three months worth of blooms.
Phalaenopsis Orchids come in a number of beautiful colors including white, and different shades of pinks, yellows, and violets. You can choose between solid colors or stripes and spot combinations.
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