Phal, Skoenlapperorgidee (Afr.)
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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.
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, ideally on a windowsill with dappled sunlight.
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.
Himalayas, S.E. Asia, N. Australia
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Blue, Multicoloured, Green, White, Orange, Pink