The Phalaenopsis orchid is one of the easiest orchids to grow. This orchid species is one of the best orchids for a beginner. Another name for this plant is the moth orchid. Although beautiful, it requires minimal care.
Phalaenopsis orchids have light, humidity and temperature requirements just like any other orchid type. Unlike some orchids, this particular species will do very well in almost any home. Understanding these orchids’ basic needs will reward you with a beautiful plant and gorgeous blooms. Plant a whole garden on a sunny tabletop in your home for a breathtaking effect. It is a great addition to your decor and the pricing on this species is very reasonable.
The phalaenopsis orchid plant requires indirect sunlight that is bright. Most homes can fulfill this requirement without supplemental lighting. Placing white phalaenopsis orchid in a sunny windowsill should supply it with all of the sunlight it requires. If supplemental lighting is required, a simple fluorescent light will suffice. Plant lights are ideal however, they are more expensive. A window full of these beautiful white flowers is a wonderful sight to see.
The phalaenopsis plant requires moderate temperatures between 65-75 degrees. This is a comfortable range for most homes. Air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter is all that is required. When placing your orchid in a windowsill, make sure that the temperature does not get too hot during the day. The best way to check this is with a thermometer.
Creating proper humidity can get a little tricky; using a humidity tray will help tremendously. The white orchid phalaenopsis requires humidity of 50% or higher. Most homes are not nearly this humid, especially in winter. To keep the humidity in the area around your orchid higher than the rest of the house, try sitting it in a tray of pebbles and water. Be sure there is always water in the tray. Daily watering of the tray may be required. The plant should sit on top of the pebbles and out of the water. This will keep the microenvironment more humid than the rest of the home. Another way to increase humidity is to mist the plants once a day. The combination of misting and a humidity tray should be all that your orchid needs to be happy.
Your phalaenopsis orchid must have a good orchid fertilizer. Feed your orchid plant with the fertilizer once every other week. It should be a weak solution so that you do not burn the roots. Once the plant stops blooming, stop the feedings.
Following these simple suggestions will keep your phalaenopsis orchid healthy and blooming for an extended time. Beginners and experts alike agree that this is one of the favorite of all orchids and it is one of the easiest to care for.
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