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.
GROWING PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS
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 dry.
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 light.
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.
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