Phalaenopsis Orchid Care Tips For Success
If you follow these care instructions for Phalaenopsis orchids you
should have no problems. These orchids are really easy to grow even if you are a beginner! A few minutes once a week is all you need and
give you flowers for weeks on end.
Where to grow your Phalaenopsis plant:
Moth orchids like a bright spot but no direct sunlight. This would burn
the leaves and cause black blotches on the foliage. An east or west
window would be ideal. Room temperature is perfect for these plants.
They need a minimum temperature of 17C/62F. The ideal temperature during the
day is 22C/71F and a bit less during the night.
Orchid Watering Tips
Correct watering is the critical point in moth orchid care. Less is
more. Never let the plant sit in water. This will rot the roots and
orchid will die.
It is usually over-watering that kills these plants.
The best method for watering orchids is to hold it under a running tap
or dip the pot into a bucket of water. You can submerge the whole pot in
and leave it sit there for a few minutes. Drain it off again and put it
back to its place. Do that every seven to 10 days and even less during
Make sure that the plant never sits in water for hours!!!! This will kill the roots and subsequently your plant.
Fertilizing Phalaenopsis Orchids
Adding nutrients to the water is important for optimum Phalaenopsis
orchid care. Orchids have different nutrient requirements than other
Therefore it is important that you get an orchid fertilizer that is
tailored to their needs. Regular fertilizer burns the roots of the
It is too strong. Don't use it!!
Add the orchid fertilizer to the water every two weeks during the
growing season and water the plants as usual. Every four to six weeks
will be enough
through the winter months.
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Once your orchid has finished flowering don't just cut off the flower
stem at the base. The nodes on the stem below the flowers are
able to sprout and produce more flowers. Prune a moth orchid after the
flower has died off. Cut off below the old flowers.
You will see how far the stem will die off and get brown. Cut it off
just above what is alive. This is usually just above a node (bud).
After flowering the plants will rest for a while. This can be several
weeks to several months. But they will start flowering again if you
care instructions for phalaenopsis orchids!
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