1 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
Phalaenopsis amabilis is an epiphytic orchid species in the family Orchidaceae. It is also known as East Indian butterfly plant and it produces 3-5 oval, fleshy leaves up to 50cm long. Long-lasting flowers are strongly scented and pure white in colour. They can measure up to 10cm wide and have yellow-red patterning on the inner petal surfaces (flower throat). These are produced on branched raceme structures which can grow to 1m high.
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.
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.
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.
Should be cultivated inside, a windowsill with dappled sunlight works best.
These plants are epiphytic, so if not attached to a branch of a tree, they should be grown in pots. A proprietary orchid compost (like bark) is recommended.