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Phalaenopsis

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

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Derivation of the name

The name of the Phalaenopsis derives from the Greek words ‘phalaina’ (moth) and ‘opsis’ (similar), which refers to the shape of the flower of some species. Many confuse this gender with the butterfly orchid, but this is not correct.

Features and origin

Phalaenopsis is a gender with around 75 species spread throughout South-east Asia, from the Himalaya to the Philippines and North-Australia. They are epiphytes, with an exception of some lithophytes. They don’t have pseudobulbs, but the leafs grow out of the root stem. These thick, elliptic leafs grow in rows of two next to each other. A healthy plant has around 3 to 5 leafs. The flower stem grows upwards out of the root stem in between the two leafs. Attached to this, a flower bunch will grow with flowers that can stay up to 3 months. There even are exceptions with which the flowers can stay even longer. 

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Care tips

Place

Phalaenopsis need an extremely light place, where they are protected against direct sunlight in summer. In winter, they need as much light as possible. The windowsill would be ideal.

Temperature

A normal living room temperature of in between 20°C and 23,5℃ is appropriate.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 35-60%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

If the Phalaenopsis is in the living room, the plant will need water every 7 to 14 days. It’s best to look at the roots to determine when the plant needs water. The plant needs water when the roots are grey. Sometimes, it’s hard to see because of the green algae in the pot. Another way of checking whether or not the plant needs water is to check the bottom. If the bottom isn’t really wet anymore, it needs water.

Fertilizer

The Phalaenopsis should be fertilized lightly once a week in spring and in summer. In winter, fertilizer can be used every 14 days.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Phalaenopsis. Normally, the sunlight provides the Phalaenopsis with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Phalaenopsis to start blooming without the fertilizer. Besides that, the fertilizer may help the Phalaenopsis create more flower stems, more flowers and larger flowers.

Repotting

Phalaenopsis require to be repotted every year in rough orchid bark. Please mind that the plant won’t be placed in a pot that’s too large. It’s best to use the old pot, unless it’s either broken or too small. At the moment the Phalaenopsis is sick, you should always use a new pot to prevent that the plant gets sick again.