Phalaenopsis orchids are among the easiest growing orchids for beginners! These beauties can flower throughout the year (peaking in the spring) and are incredibly easy to care for as they enjoy much of the same indoor conditions found in our homes. Just look at these flowers bloom!
Phalaenopsis Orchid Care Instructions : (You might also find my post on the anatomy of a phalaenopsis orchid helpful.)
Light They grow easily in a bright window, with little or no direct sunlight.
Temperature Phalaenopsis should be above 60 F at night, and range between 75 and 85 F or more during the day.
Water Because they have no major water-storage organs other than their leaves, they must never completely dry out. Phalaenopsis orchids should be thoroughly watered and not watered again until nearly dry. Want to know how I water my orchids? Check out my Orchid Care and Maintenance Tips : Watering Your Orchids post for more details on my drench and drain method.
Humidity The recommended humidity is between 50 and 80 percent. You an adjust humidity levels in your home by setting the orchids on humidity trays or on gravel, partially filled with water, so that the pots never sit in water.
Fertilizer It is best to fertilize your phalaenopsis orchid on a regular schedule, especially if the weather is warm, when the plants are most often growing. Twice-a-month applications of high-nitrogen fertilizer (such as 30-10-10) are appropriate where bark-based media are used. Otherwise, a balanced fertilizer is best. When flowering is desired, a high-phosphorus fertilizer (such as 10-30-20) can be applied to promote blooming. You can also dilute the fertilizer into your orchid’s water, making it a regular part of your watering schedule.
Potting This is best done in the spring, immediately after flowering. Phalaenopsis orchids must be potted in a porous mix. Potting is usually done every one to three years. Mature plants can grow in the same container until the potting medium starts to decompose, usually in two years.
To repot, remove all the old medium from the roots, trim soft, rotted roots, and spread the remaining roots over a handful of medium in the bottom of a new pot. Fill the rest of the pot with medium, working it among the roots, so that the junction of the roots and the stem is at the top of the medium.
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Warmest wishes from sunny Florida,
The Orchid Care Lady
These phalaenopsis orchid care instructions are taken from my AOS guides and from a series of Orchid Care Cheat Sheets I received for free from Ryan. They’ve come in so handy when I just want a quick refresher on orchid care!