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Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis spp.

Also known as

Phal, Skoenlapperorgidee (Afr.)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

12a-13b

USDA zone

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

The genus Phalaenopsis comprises about 50 species and over 32,000 registered hybrids which produce oval, fleshy, sometimes mottled, green leaves. Their flowers 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 owners with several months of beautiful blooms. It's recommended that, when the blooms are finished, the spike is cut down to the level of the leaves – that way, the plant will bloom with larger flowers, and produce a strong stem within a year. Unlike many other orchids, Phalaenopsis can be repotted at anytime, but it is usually best to do so when not in bloom.

Common problems

Propagation

Cuttings

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.