Phalaenopsis, commonly known as moth orchids, is a genus of about seventy species of orchids in the family orchid. Orchids in this genus are monopodial epiphytes or lithophytes with long, coarse roots, short, leafy stems and long-lasting, flat flowers arranged in a flowering stem that often branches near the end.
Place your orchid in a bright room, but not in direct sunlight. Water the orchid infrequently, being guided by the plant, rather than watering on a schedule. Many more orchids die from over-watering than under-watering. Only water the roots. Keep the flowers and leaves dry. Use a well-draining pot and growing media and never let your orchid sit in water for more than a few minutes. Use a water-soluble fertilizer. Fertilize every 1-2 weeks, but not during the flowering phase.
Orchids need ample water but should be allowed to dry out some between watering. One way to check for watering is by poking your finger about an inch into the growing media. If it’s dry, give it some water; otherwise, let it be.
Bright indoor light or indirect sun. 6 hours to 8 hours
Maintain temperatures between 18°C - 24°C. Avoid draughts as these can create undesirable temperature fluctuations. Consider giving your plant an occasional misting twice every week to maintain the optimum humidity level.
Fertilize orchids weekly while they are producing new growth and decrease to monthly intervals once they mature. Discontinue altogether once the plants go dormant.
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