The phalaenopsis orchid is by far the most popular indoor orchid and for good reason, they are beautiful, and the hold up well in indoor environments. Read on below to learn proper care for the phalaenopsis orchid.
orchids can survive in low light to moderate light situations. However,
if exposed to direct sunlight, the leaves will suffer sunburn and
become unsightly with black splotches.
do best in an east or (shaded) west facing window, but make sure that
the plant is at least about 3 feet away from the glass.
the foliage on the plant is dark green and limp, it is an indication
the plant needs more light. Yellowish leaves indicate the plant is
getting too much light. Ideally, the foliage should be a bright olive
Phalaenopsis prefer night time temperatures between 60-65°F and 70-85°F
during the day. However, Phalaenopsis are fairly tough in the sense
that they can take temperatures in the mid 50’s up to 95°F temperature.
If the temperatures do get little high, one should increase the
humidity, water and air circulation around the plant to compensate.
- If possible, try to avoid temperature fluctuations, as this may cause closed buds to drop.
orchids do best when only watered when the potting media has almost
completely dried out. Depending on the environmental conditions that
could be as much as twice a week in the summer and as little as once a
week during the winter months.
Phalaenopsis should be watered early in the day to prevent moisture
from setting on the plant overnight, as it could lead to root rot, crown
rot and other diseases.
best way to water Phalaenopsis is to remove them from their decorative
pots and flush them with water for 1 to 2 minutes under a faucet. If
that is not possible, you can also place 5 or so ice cubes on the bark
once a week.
ideal humidity conditions for Phalaenopsis is between 50% and 80%
humidity. In warmer and drier conditions, Phalaenopsis can be placed on
gravel that has water in the bottom to elevate the local humidity.
However, you should never let the pots sit in water as this will cause
- On days of high humidity make sure there is good air circulation around the plants.
- In general, Phalaenopsis do best and are at their healthiest when fertilized on a regular basis. Once a month is ideal.
growers recommend that you use a well balanced formulation such as
30-10-10 or a ratio that is similar. However, it is important that the
plants are slightly moist before fertilizing to avoid burning.