Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis spp.

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The genus Phalaenopsis comprises about 50 species and over 32,000 registered hybrids. They produce oval, fleshy, sometimes mottled green leaves, and flowers that remain in bloom for a long while. Moth orchids are one of the easiest orchids to grow in the home. With a few basic requirements, these plants will reward its owner with several months of beautiful blooms. It is recommended that, when the blooms are finished, cut the spike down to the level of the leaves that was, the plant will bloom with larger flowers and a strong stem within a year. Unlike many other orchids, Phalaenopsis can be repotted anytime, though it is usually best to do so when not in bloom.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Propagation

Rhizomes

Small plantlets (keiki) appear from the nodes on the flower stems. Detach the plantlets when they have developed several good roots, and pot them up in orchid compost. Water sparingly at first.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

Should be cultivated inside, ideally on a windowsill with dappled sunlight.

Pot plant

These plants are epiphytic, so if not attached to a branch of a tree, they should be grown in pots. Use a proprietary orchid compost like bark.

Special features

Origin

Himalayas, S.E. Asia, N. Australia

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Bark

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Orchidaceae

Flower colour

Blue, Multicoloured, Green, White, Orange, Pink

Scent

None
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