Phalaenopsis "White Orchid"

Latin name

Phalaenopsis / Aristaloe aristata

Pronounciation

(“fa-lay-NOP-siss / ah-RIST-al-oh ah-riss-TAH-ta”)

Common name

moth orchids

Origin

South and Southeast Asia to New Guinea and tropical areas of Queensland and the Australian Northern Territory

How easy is it care for?

Phalaenopsis orchids are often commonly known as moth orchids, due to the shape of their flowers. They come in many shades of white, cream , pink and purple and offer an exotic look to any room. Despite their fragile and delicate appearance, these plants are remarkably tough and easy to care for. Phalaenopsis is a genus of approximately 75 species and natural hybrids, mainly found in the Philippines and Indonesia. The plants used in horticulture are as a result of plant breeding programmes using hybrids of two or three of these species, but mainly derived from Phalaenopsis amabilis. Recent advances in tissue culture have made the breeding and cultivation of these plants much easier, bringing these once rare and tricky plants into mainstream horticulture. Moth orchids are characterised by having large, fleshy leaves, a profusion of aerial roots, covered in a grey spongy material called velamen (which absorbs moisture from the air), and long arching flower spikes that can carry over a dozen individual flowers. You will notice that our orchids are provided in translucent plastic pots instead of our usual coir pots. This is because orchid roots require a little light – as epiphytes, the plants grow high up in the branches of trees, and do not root into the soil.

Caring for your plant

Light

Does best in good, but not direct, light

Watering

Orchids should be watered by taking the translucent pot out of the decorative container and running some water through the roots for a few seconds every week or so. Avoid chilled water, and use rainwater if possible. If possible, place a layer of LECA or similar in the decorative pot to stand the plastic grow pot on.

Pruning

Dead leaves can be picked off. The flower spikes should be cut back once flowering has finished. You might be able to stimulte the growth of a new flower spike by cutting the old one back to just above one of the small scales that occur below the flowers, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Feeding

A weak solution of general purpose fertilizer can be added to the water occasionally, especially when new flower spikes start growing. Specialsit orchid feeds are available.

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free. You migh spot the occasional mealybug, which can be physically removed

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Mill Road,
Henham,
CM22 6AA

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