Caring for your Orchid Plant Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis has on of the longest lasting flowering season, and will last through the years bringing pleasure in your home, we can choose  plants for your home with matching pots for your decor ?

How To care for your Phalaenopsis Orchids Plants

Phalaenopsis Orchid: The ideal night temperature is 60f/45c to 65f/48 c and daytime temperature range of 70f/51c to 80f 54c. Similar to that of your home. an ideal flowering  plant for your home.

Light conditions: Phalaenopsis do not require too much light to grow well. In their natural habitat they grew in the dappled shade of trees. Placed on a windowsill, with an east exposure proves to be the best, ( bet you have no idea where east is!) very bright positions near glass where the sun shines directly on to the plant burns the leaves and cause withering, attracting disease, please remember glass intensifies the temperature,In the months of December through the middle of February move these plants to a brighter position. One call out when we are in your area will help you place your plants and you will enjoy success.

Watering: your Phalaenopsis in the morning, helps to insures water evaporation on the foliage before nightfall’s cooler temperatures, if water accumulates on the crown use kitchen towel to absorb the excess to make sure it dries, this is one of the main causes of disease. Water with tap, rain or distilled water when the bark mix approaches dryness, if the orchid is in a moss mix this tends to absorb water more efficiently, these plant will need less watering, water once in 4 to 7 days depending on their position.Never use softened water, the salt in this water will cause untreatable damage in most cases. Plants left standing in water become unhealthy either with bacterial or fungal rot. If you need help or cannot determine what is wrong, call I will  enjoy discussing the problem and helping you, not at midnight please !

Flowering: once your orchids have totally acclimatized to your environment they tend to generally follow a flowering season although there is variations due to the genetics involved. Most will flower spike in October through to December. Flowering season would be late winter early spring February. More mature plants tend to bloom more often and the flowers last even longer – nine months to more than a year. You may encourage main spikes or go for sub spikes  which will produce more flowers. Some species are primarily summer bloomers. After it has flowered the first time, cut the stem just above the node where the first flower bloomed. From the top node a new flower stem should emerge within 2 months. If there is no response or the flower spike turns brown, cut it off near the base of the plant where it emerged. And you will gain a complete new spike. Would you like me to look after them or show you how?

Fertilizing: with drop by drop orchid food, the bottles placed upside down feeds the plants on a regular basis and they will produce larger blooms. If your plant is potted in bark, flush with clear water once a month. If potted in sphagnum moss use a bottle feed then rest for a week before replacing a new bottle.If you decide to flush water through a plant with sphagnum moss this must be done early in the  morning, to allow time for the moss to dry out .A clear water flush gets rid of chemical build up. We stock this bottle feed.

Humidity: They do well in kitchens and bathrooms, as It is important to provide good humidity. They will adapt to a lower humidity conditions if kept well watered.

Re Potting: Because the Phalaenopsis is watered frequently,(EXCEPT IN MY HOME WHERE IT GETS FORGOTTEN !) the bark breaks down, they require re potting about once in two years sometimes earlier The best time to re pot tends to be spring or fall, preventing shock. Give me a call we will do this in your home for you.

Diseases: Buds dry up and drop off the plants before opening. Check the following: is the plant too dry or too wet ? or  ( root rot, this is the most common cause of death, plants left to stand in water)  Is the temperature too hot and the sun shining directly on the plant, does the room gets too cold especially in the nights ? Are you using softened water instead of clean water? Maybe too much fertilizer ?  strong fumes may also have an effect. These are some of the conditions which bring disease. Call me, and have a chat do you want me to pop in, and have a look at your plants?