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Phalaenopsis Orchid Growing & Care Tips
PHALAENOPSIS pronunciation (fal-en-OPP-sis)

Phalaenopsis 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 burn.

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 less water.

Phalaenopsis orchids potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be watered less often, about every 7 to 10 days.

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