Phaius grow into a 3 ft tall plant with lance-shaped leaves that emerge
from a pseudobulb.
The flower spikes are up to 3-4 ft tall and bear lots of reddish-brown
to pinky-yellow or white flowers (white nuns orchid, Phaius
The flowers of these beautifully scented orchids last for a long time in the spring.
Orchid Growing Tips For Phaius Tankervilliae
Phaius Orchids don't like too much direct sunlight. They prefer a semi-shaded spot with filtered sunlight.
The soil should be humus rich, slightly acidic and free draining.
Use a good quality orchid potting mix that holds its structure well for container growing and repot the plants at least every two years.
Phaius like to be kept evenly moist at the root. After the growth period is finished and the new foliage has matured the plants need a rest period.
Keep the plants dryer for 3-4 weeks. Then start feeding and watering again as usual.
These orchids are heavy feeders and like to be fed regularly with a balanced fertilizer.
They also respond well to organic fertilizers
like fish-emulsion. Feed them about every two weeks during the growing season.
You can propagate Phaius orchids by dividing larger plants.
Photo courtesy of jerryoldenettel and sarahheiman
Photo courtesy of orchidgalore
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