Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant Care – 4 Steps to Follow
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Phalaenopsis, or moth orchids, are beautiful flowering plants and are the epitome of exotic beauty. And despite their exotic aura, they are one of the easiest orchid plants to maintain.
But many people make the mistake of thinking that caring for a phalaenopsis orchid plant is like rocket science.
Well, the truth is that they are easy to care for, and it really doesn’t take much effort to keep them looking beautiful and going strong.
How to Care For Your Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant
Here are the four steps you need to follow.
- Keep them in a moderately bright area. An east window or similar space works well. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the foliage.
- Water them when they begin to dry out, usually every 7 to 10 days. Once a week, I place an ice cube on top of potting mix on my plants and let it melt.
- During the growing season, feed them with fertilizer made for orchids according to directions, usually once a week. You can fertilize monthly while blooming and during the winter months.
I’ve used the “Peters” brand fertilizer on my orchids for years because that’s what my local growers used themselves. I tend to trust what the pros use, but there are other good choices available as well.
- Repot them when the blooming period has ended with fresh orchid potting mix. Mature phalaenopsis plants only need repotting every 2 to 3 years.
That’s pretty much all there is to the successful care of your phalaenopsis orchid plants. Pretty easy to see why orchids are so popular with plant enthusiasts of all levels.
Phalaenopsis orchids are among the easiest to grow, and there are more than 200 varieties available, with more hybrids being produced all the time. But there are many other types of orchids that are also easy to grow, showcased in this video.
You can see that if you really get into growing orchids, it can become a pretty addictive hobby.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.