Our customerservice is: OpenedClosed More information about our Opening hours >

Phaius

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Phaius. You will also find all the Phaius species we offer in our assortment.

» Straight to care

Derivation of the name

The name Phaius derives from the Greek word ‘phaios’ (dusky), which refers to the common dusky red brown colour of the flowers that the plant carries.

Features and origin

Phaius is a gender with around 50 species spread throughout tropical South-east Asia, China, Japan, Australia, Africa and Madagascar. They are pretty large terrestrial plants. The pseudobulbs are small and carry large pleaded leafs. The flower stems emerge out of the old pseudobulbs and can grow to be even 150 cm long. The flowers grow in bunches. The sepals and petals look alike and are around the partially pocket-like, lobbed lip, that wraps around the gynostemium. The flowers often have a pleasant fragrance.

6 Item(s)

per page

6 Item(s)

per page

Care tips

Place

Phaius require a light place, there they are protected against direct sunlight. In summer, it’s best to give this plant a place in the shadow and in winter, the plant should get as much light as possible. In summer, Phaius can also be kept outside under a roof.

Temperature

The day temperature can be in between 25 and 35°C in summer. During winter, a temperature of in between 18 and 25°C by day is ideal. The plant should cool down by night all year round. A drop of a gew degrees is sufficient.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 40-80%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

Keep the soil humid constantly. This means that you should water the Phaius at the moment the soil has almost dried up. In winter, the Phaius should be watered only at the moment the soil has dried up completely.

Fertilizer

During the period of growth in summer, it’s best to use fertilizer twice a month lightly. In winter, fertilizer is not necessary. Because of weather conditions it might occur that the Phaius creates a new sprout later on in the year. It’s recommended to start fertilizing again lightly so that the new sprout can grow well. A larger sprout results in prettier flower stems.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Phaius. Normally, the sunlight provides the Phaius with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Phaius to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

At the moment the Phaius starts to grow out of the pot, it should be repotted in new peat. If the preference is sphagnum or a mix of peat, bark and sphagnum, this may be used as well. The soil that is used depends on the care, the temperature and the humidity in which the Phaius is being kept.