Orchid Growing & Care Tips
PHALAENOPSIS pronunciation (fal-en-OPP-sis)
orchids are among the easiest and most rewarding orchids to grow.
The Phalaenopsis orchid has become America's favorite orchid. The
plants adapt well to the environment of the home or office. From
the time that the first flower bud opens, the sprays will remain
in bloom for 2 to 3 months.
Sufficient lighting is a must for successful cultivation. Phalaenopsis
orchids prefer either an east or a lightly shaded south facing window.
West windows should be used with caution. Depending upon the location
of the home, the west window may become very hot during the late
spring through early fall. The foliage on your Phalaenopsis may
Phalaenopsis orchids thrive under normal household temperatures.
For the best results, provide nighttime temperatures between 60
to 65° F and daytime temperatures between 75 to 85° F.
Depending upon the temperature, Phalaenopsis orchids potted in bark
should be watered about once or twice a week. During the summer,
the plants may need to be watered every 4-5 days. The rule of thumb
for watering should be as followed: More heat more water, less heat
Phalaenopsis orchids potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should
be watered less often, about every 7 to 10 days.