Phalaenopsis SPP. Orchidaceae MOTH ORCHID Benefits, Care & Propagation

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A free-flowering epiphyte, the moth orchid blooms throughout the year. Its branched spikes bear up to 30 flowers at a time. Individual blooms can be as much as 5in/13cm wide, but in many varieties they are smaller. The flowers vary in colour from white through pinks to red and yellow, often with stripes or spots. 
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The moth orchid tends to suffer if conditions are too cool. The movement of air from an electric fan, combined with a humid atmosphere while the plant is in bloom, will help. Numerous hybrids are available, and the number is increasing each year.
FACT FILE Phalaenopsis SPP. Orchidaceae MOTH ORCHID

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ORIGIN: Asia; Australasia; hybrid.
HEIGHT: Foliage to 8in/20cm; flowers to 4ft/1.2 m.
POTTING MIX: Special orchid medium.
REPOTTING: About every 2 years, when the current pot becomes crowded.
PROPAGATION: Not applicable.
KEEPING PLANTS: These orchids grow well in wooden or wire baskets that have been lined with sphagnum moss.

PLANT CARE Phalaenopsis SPP. Orchidaceae MOTH ORCHID

  • Bright filtered light or partial shade. 
  • Normal room temperature, with a minimum of 70°F/1°C. 

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  • Water well all year-round. 
  • Apply a special orchid fertilizer once a month all year- round; overfeeding will produce leaves at the expense of flowers.
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