Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis spp.

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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. Unlike many other orchids, Phalaenopsis can be repotted anytime, though it is usually best to do so when not in bloom. Most species in this group are epiphytic shade plants.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

When the blooms are finished, cut the spike down to the level of the leaves and the plant will bloom with larger flowers and a strong stem within a year.

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

Indoor plant
Pot plant

Special features

Origin

China, Taiwan, Indian subcontinent and most of subeast Asia

Environment

Light

Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Orchidaceae

Flower colour

A large variety of colours including, white, pink, purple, mauve, yellow, orange, Multi coloured

Scent

None

Problems

Root rot is a common problem with over watering. Allow roots to dry between waterings. Slugs and snails can also sit between leaf nodes, remove promptly.
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