Temperature and light
The ideal day temperature is between 20 and 22 degrees celsius. The Phalaenopsis orchid requires a lot of light but cannot withstand direct sunlight. Especially during the summer months.
Placement in a windowsill facing (north)east or (south) west are ideal circumstances. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to turn yellow. Too little sunlight can cause the flowers to fall off and turn the leaves dark
Water and humidity
Do not pour the water direct into the heart of the plant but rather spread it across the filling in the pot. Lukewarm water is the ideal temperature. The orchid prefers its water early in the day.
In its natural habitat the Palaenopsis is exposed to high levels of humidity. If rearing or multiplying is required the best possible locations would be kitchens, bathroom or conservatories.
Soil and fertilization
It is important that the Phalaenopsis is placed in loosely packed soil with sufficient drainage. Specialized orchid-soil is available at most garden centres and fits the needs superb. It is not advisable to use regular gardening soil.
Specialized orchid-soil is low in nutrients and therefore it is recommended to fertilize the orchid via its water supply. The specialized fertilizer is available at most garden centres and the Phalaenopsis will require it twice a month
from March through October.
If the Phalaenopsis stops flowering you can try to get it to flower once again. In order to do so you will need to cut the stem above the second ‘eye’. You are looking for the thickening lumps on the stem which you count from the
No action is required in the event the Phalaenopsis starts sprouting ‘air-roots’ which exit the pot. It’s merely a sign that the orchid is thriving. No need to tuck the roots back in considering this would only damage them.
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