Orchid Growing & Care Tips (continued)
Phalaenopsis orchids prefer to be kept on the moist side. This
does not mean that they like to be left in standing water, however
try to water the plants early in the day so that the foliage will
be dry by nightfall. To prevent bacterial and fungal disease use
Physan 20 once a month.
Phalaenopsis orchids prefer 50% humidity. Often a kitchen or bathroom
will provide sufficient humidity. Humidity trays may be needed for
other locations in the house.
Phalaenopsis orchids must be fertilized on a regular basis! For
best results, use nutrients every other week. It is recommended
to pre-water the plants before applying the diluted nutrient solution
if the potting media is dry.
Phalaenopsis orchids may be grown in either New Zealand Sphagnum
Moss or Medium Orchid Bark Mix. Phalaenopsis should be repotted
once every two years. Ideally Phalaenopsis orchids should be repotted
immediately after flowering.
Common pests associated with Phalaenopsis orchids are scales, mealy
bugs and spider mites. X-CLUDE, an encapsulated pyrethrum time-release
insecticide is the most efficient method of pest control.
Phalaenopsis plants may flower again for a second time. After the
plant goes out of bloom, cut the stem just under the the first flower
on the spray. A new spray of flowers may emerge from the node below.