Care for Beginners
Phalaenopsis is the most rewarding plant because they thrive in
conditions found in most homes. If you can grow African
Violets you can grow
can last up to 3 months
at a time and in
some cases they bloom twice a year. One group of Phal's bloom in late
winter or spring with long, arching flower spikes that display large,
broad flowers. Another group blooms primarily in the summer with
smaller, long lasting star shaped flowers.
Blooming Season***** how phals bloom ******
the Blooming Season" display your plant wherever it shows the best.
Orchids have stored up all the energy they need to complete their
flowering so more sun isn't necessary now. In fact, cool temperatures
away from a sunny window prolongs the life of the flowers.
your plant was blooming when you brought it home, don't be alarmed if
the flowers don't last 3 months. Those blooms where created at a
nursery (sometimes thousands of miles away) and might not last
as long as the flowers you will grow in your home.
After the blooms have faded, cut
spike back to the base of the plant. (I know you've read where the
plant will continue flowering if you cut the spike half way. Save this
until you've gained more experience. The
flowers will be anemic and you might be stressing the
plant. Learning the grow/bloom seasons is what's important at this
Now it's time to move the plant to its grow
area. This is also the best time for transplanting.
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require bright light with a touch of sun. An eastern exposure (or
western exposure protected from hot sun) is ideal. Phal's are also good
candidates for growing under lights.
do not have water storing organs (like many other orchids) so their
roots prefer even moisture without being too wet. Our Hydroponic System
is perfect for this as the clay pebbles "wick up" the moisture from the
reservoir at the bottom of the pot evenly and gently.
Take care to no get water in the crown (where the new leaf is emerging). Standing water here will rot the new leaf.
at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees. They generally prefer warmer
and really don't like temperatures lower than 60 and will regress
quickly if exposed to temperatures less tha 50 degrees.
Humidity should be around 70% during the day with 50% being adequate at
night. Our Hydroponic System provides added humidity but it's still a
good idea to display plants on trays of stones with a layer of water in
the bottom of the tray.