All about Phalaenopsis orchids
Posted by Beverly Hills Orchids on 6/28/2016
All about PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS
Also known as Moth orchids or Phal, the
Phalaenopsis orchids are beautiful and exotic plants that are very easy to care
for. They come in different colors and sizes, given the fact that there are 60
species of them in the world. They can be mottled, spotted, striped, plain,
blotched or a combination, it all depends on the family they come from.
Phalaenopsis orchids generate between the
leaves arching spikes with one to many flowers as repeatedly as three times a year;
this makes them one of the most rewarding plants for home growers. These
beautiful orchids love shaded areas and raises on branches or on rocks where
the air moist and warm.
Phalaenopsis orchids have grown to become very
popular over the years. Reason is because they are relatively easy to grow and
as said before, they are quite rewarding. As long as you follow the steps
outlined below, you are sure to have beautiful blooms of Phalaenopsis orchids.
The medium used in potting your plant will
determine how frequent you need to water it. If your Phalaenopsis orchid is potted
in bark, you could water it weekly since bark retains less water than moss. If
your orchid is planted in moss, you will need to water it whenever the top is
Light and heat also affect how soon your plant
needs watering. In the summer months, you will need to water your Phal
frequently while you'll do less watering in winter.
Morning is always the right time to water you
orchid. Place the Phalaenopsis in a sink and use house water. Then, let the
water run through the orchid roots for approximately a minute, make sure the
plant is completely drained. Then you can use a paper towel to blot the water
in the crown (where the leaves join in the center), if there's any. This is to
avoid a crown rot.
Please note that only tepid water is allowed,
do not use purified or salt softened water.
Phalaenopsis orchids are low-light orchids.
You can place them in an east window, where they'll grow beautifully, or plant
them in a south or west window, as long as it is protected by a sheer curtain.
Normally, a Phal's leaf should be olive green. If they are darker, they are not
getting enough light; if they are red-tinged, your Phal is getting way too much
You can place it in any part of your room once
it is in bloom, out of direct sunlight. If your orchid doesn't re-bloom, you
can increase the amount of light it receives. Continue to water and use
fertilizers while waiting for the blooming cycle to start.
It is easy to grow Phalaenopsis orchids
because they like similar temperatures we do – over 60º F at nocturnal and a
variety of 70º F to 80º F or higher diurnal. 95º F is the peak temperature
recommendation. Changeable temperatures can cause bud fall on orchids with buds
ready to open.
Phalaenopsis orchids do not have any
pseudobulbs to help store moisture, so you could use a low tray of stones full
with water to raise humidity nearby your plants. Make sure the pot isn't
sitting in water because this will make the roots rot.
You can cut the spike down to the level of the
leaves when the blooms are done. This will make the orchid bloom with bigger
flowers and a strong stem within a year. The stem can also be cut off leaving
two nodes on the stem. One of these nodes will come alive and generally produce
flowers within 8 to 12 weeks.
Because Phalaenopsis orchids are watered
regularly, the orchids need to be repotted once a year. You can repot your
orchid in spring or fall as the temperature is commonly mild and this will
avoid shock from happening to the plant.
Fertilize your plant weekly with a liquid
fertilizer diluted to half strength. Use water to flush any accumulated salt
from the potting mix once a month.
If you are in Beverly Hills or you stay in the
Los Angeles area, you can call on Beverly Hills orchids to help you out with
the Phalaenopsis orchid or any type of orchid. We sell the best and most
beautiful orchids you can ever find. Call us at 310.503.1200 and get your
beautiful orchids delivered to you.