Phalaenopsis Orchids

The Moth Orchid Takes Off!

Christopher Currey University of Minnesota Graduate Student

Moth orchids (genus Phalaenopsis) have been taking the potted plant world by storm for the last decade. They are now second only in total sale value to poinsettias, yet per pot they are the most valuable crop on the market today.

The above quoted from the University of Minnesota website. For the complete article with loads of information on the moth (or phalaenopsis) orchid here is the article Moth orchids (genus Phalaenopsis)

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Phalaenopsis Orchids
Phalaenopsis Orchids

2 IN 1 PHALAENOPSIS DRAGONS GOLD PELORIC  NORMAL PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS IN SPIKE
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Phalaenopsis violacea Norton Deep Blue Sea flask strong seedlings Popow Orchid
Phalaenopsis violacea Norton Deep Blue Sea flask strong seedlings Popow Orchid
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2 IN 1 PHALAENOPSIS TYING SHIN PHOENIX PELORIC  NORMAL PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS
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Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Beautiful White and Purple Flowers in 4 Pot
Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Beautiful White and Purple Flowers in 4 Pot
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Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Pink Flowers in 4 Pot
Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Pink Flowers in 4 Pot
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VERY PRETTY LIGHT YELLOW PELORIC PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID HYBRID IN SPIKE
VERY PRETTY LIGHT YELLOW PELORIC PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID HYBRID IN SPIKE
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Phalaenopsis amabilis Species White Orchid BS
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Large Phalaenopsis Bellina in 3 Spikes  Bud Big Mature Orchid Fragrant Flowers
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Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant 1 Live Plant
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RARE SPECIES KINGIDIUM PHALAENOPSIS TAENIALIS
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B FRAGRANT 1 2yrs from bloom Phal violacea Magenta Red type Phalaenopsis Orchid
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Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana species orchid in flower now 5 inch pot
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Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red species orchids Nice Plant For Windowsill
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Phalaenopsis stuartiana var nobilis Species
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Phalaenopsis orchid white purple in bloom live in pot
Phalaenopsis orchid white purple in bloom live in pot
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GREAT SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS MANNII MAHOGANY
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LOVELY SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS TETRAPSIS
LOVELY SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS TETRAPSIS
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SUPERB SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS PANTHERINA
SUPERB SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS PANTHERINA
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LOVELY SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS BASTIANII
LOVELY SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS BASTIANII
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GORGEOUS SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS VIOLACEA SUMATRA
GORGEOUS SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS VIOLACEA SUMATRA
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MAGNIFICENT SPECIES PHALAENOPSIS PULCHRA
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Bulbophyllum Phalaenopsis Mounted Huge Plants
Bulbophyllum Phalaenopsis Mounted Huge Plants
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Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid White and Purple in 4 Pot
Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid White and Purple in 4 Pot
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Phalaenopsis Phal Penang Girl Tejas AM AOS Stem Prop
Phalaenopsis Phal Penang Girl Tejas AM AOS Stem Prop
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Phal Phalaenopsis pulchra X Guadalupe Pineda compot
Phal Phalaenopsis pulchra X Guadalupe Pineda compot
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Phal Phalaenopsis Guadalupe Pineda compot
Phal Phalaenopsis Guadalupe Pineda compot
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BEAUTIFUL PHALAENOPSIS TAISUCO MICKY COMPACT ORCHID HYBRID PLANT IN SPIKE
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Phalaenopsis Venosa sib Phal Orchid Bare Root
Phalaenopsis Venosa sib Phal Orchid Bare Root
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YELLOW GREEN PHALAENOPSIS STUARTIANA HYBRID ORCHID PLANT IN SPIKE
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Phal phalaenopsis In Spike With Fragrant Flowers Mature Orchid
Phal phalaenopsis In Spike With Fragrant Flowers Mature Orchid
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Phal phalaenopsis In Spike With Fragrant Flowers And Buds JSC Orange Cross
Phal phalaenopsis In Spike With Fragrant Flowers And Buds JSC Orange Cross
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RARE SPECIES Phalaenopsis aphrodite 4 pot LOTS OF ROOTS HEALTHY
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Orchid Phalaenopsis Hilo Lip Cheryl Oliff MOTTLED FOLIAGE
Orchid Phalaenopsis Hilo Lip Cheryl Oliff MOTTLED FOLIAGE
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Phalaenopsis Creme de Menthe Newberry
Phalaenopsis Creme de Menthe Newberry
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Orchid Phalaenopsis Treasure Coast South Florida Grown
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UNUSUAL CHINGRUEYS BLOOD RED SUN WAXY AM AOS PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID PLANT FRAGRANT
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Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian V3 Large White
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Phalaenopsis TaiLin Red Angle V31 Large Purple
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FRAGRANT Phalaenopsis Tiger Vision Sogo Cake x Tigerling in Spike Phal Orchid
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Phalaenopsis Bellina HUGE Phal Orchid in 2 Spike Very Fragrant Plant
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Phalaenopsis Bellina Double Trouble x self 2 Plants in 3 Pot Fragrant Phal
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis Species Orchid RARE Large SIZE FRAGRANT 0521
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Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Species Blooming Several Spikes
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Phalaenopsis violacea Red X Sib Species Near Blooming Size
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Phalaenopsis Hybrid SPIKE DARK PINK FLOWERS 2 pot
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Phalaenopsis Hybrid SPIKE RED FLOWERS 2 pot
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Phalaenopsis Hybrid PURPLE FLOWERS 2 pot
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Phalaenopsis Hybrid SPIKE FLOWERS 2 pot
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Phalaenopsis Hybrid SPIKE FLOWERS 2 pot
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Phalaenopsis Hybrid SPIKE PINK FLOWERS 2 pot
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Cytokinin Orhid Keiki PasteGrowth hormone Phalaenopsis
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Phal Phalaenopsis Joy Musicial Notation Tina HCC x Phal DTE AM LRG Seedling
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BIN Phalaenopsis Amboinensis 4 Pot S 150 Sophies Orchids
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Phal Phalaenopsis Guadalupe Pineda Seedling Highly Select Cross
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Phal Phalaenopsis Guadalupe Pineda Seedling In bloom
Phal Phalaenopsis Guadalupe Pineda Seedling In bloom
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Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Exquisite Red Species Orchid In Spike
Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Exquisite Red Species Orchid In Spike
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Phal Phalaenopsis Joy Spring Canary Nancy HCC x John Ewing Gosh AM Compot
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MAGNIFICENT SPECIES VARIETY DORITIS PHALAENOPSIS PULCHERRIMA DWARF
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FABULOUS NEW SPECIES DORITIS PHALAENOPSIS REGNERIANA
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Potted Phalaenopsis Orchid Assorted Multiple Flowers Plant 5 pot
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NoID mini phalaenopsis
NoID mini phalaenopsis
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NoID Phalaenopsis
NoID Phalaenopsis
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Phalaenopsis maculata IN SPIKE Species Orchid Plant
Phalaenopsis maculata IN SPIKE Species Orchid Plant
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Phalaenopsis Orchid Soft Cream Pink Flowers Previously Bloomed 3 Spikes BareRoot
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Orchid Phalaenopsis Corningiana PRETTY MAROON RED BLOOMING SIZE
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Phalaenopsis Brother Pepride Carmela BLOOMING SIZE
Phalaenopsis Brother Pepride Carmela BLOOMING SIZE
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Phalaenopsis Connie Moody MOTTLED FOLIAGE BLOOMING SIZE
Phalaenopsis Connie Moody MOTTLED FOLIAGE BLOOMING SIZE
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Phalaenopsis bastiani SPECIES
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Phalaenopsis Orchid Dtps Jelly Beans BLOOMING SIZE AND FRAGRANT
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Sedirea phalaenopsis japonica Nagoran in bud
Sedirea phalaenopsis japonica Nagoran in bud
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Phalaenopsis Orchid Newberry Be Tris BLOOMING SIZE IN SPIKE
Phalaenopsis Orchid Newberry Be Tris BLOOMING SIZE IN SPIKE
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Phalaenopsis Phal NOID hybrid Blooming Size BS orchid plant
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Phalaenopsis Phal NOID hybrid Blooming Size BS orchid plant
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2MYSTERY PHALAENOPSIS MOTH ORCHID 2 LIVE PLANTS
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100 Pcs BLUE PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID Saplings Bonsai Seeds Blue Flower Ornamental
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Phalaenopsis japonica Sedirea Fragrant Japanese Orchid Species Vanda
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phalaenopsis lueddemanniana orchid species in bloom and spike
phalaenopsis lueddemanniana orchid species in bloom and spike
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Phalaenopsis Medium Size Fragrant Flowers Bare Root
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Phalaenopsis 2 Two Orchids Snow White Flowers Not in Bloom Bare Root
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Phalaenopsis Bellina Double Trouble x self Phal Orchid in Spike Very Fragrant
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Phalaenopsis Ever Spring Pink Harlequin mericlone SPIKE FLOWERS 4 pot
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Phalaenopsis pantherina syn cornu cervi orchid species
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Phalaenopsis equestris Blue orchid species T4P39
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Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis John Leathers orchid species T5M2
Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis John Leathers orchid species T5M2
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Phal Orchids – Essential Guidelines for Easily Growing Phalaenopsis Orchids

If you're new to orchid growing or are looking for an easy, minimal care orchid then look no further—the Phalaenopsis, or Phal orchid, might just be your new best friend. These stunning flowers have become very popular in homes around the world because of their ease to care for, stunning blooms, varied colors, elegant look, and wonderful fragrance. Even if you are an expert orchid grower, it's worth having a Phal orchid around to add a touch of grace to your home.

Phalaenopsis orchids are also referred to as moth orchids because of their similar shape to a moth when they are in full bloom. Phal's come in pink, white, purple, yellow and many are wonderfully striped. These really are jaw-dropping flowers, which makes it no surprise that they are so commonly seen incorporated into wedding ceremonies these days.

Phalaenopsis are a genus of orchids. There are over 60 species in the genus and a plethora of hybrid variations. They are one of the most cultivated orchids on the planet with new hybrids being bred regularly. They are epiphytes, meaning they are found attached to trees, rocks or other plants, using their structure for mechanical support.

When growing a Phal orchid at home, it's important to emulate this. One of the best ways to do this is to use a bamboo stick, placed in the center of the orchid pot, and attach the stem to the bamboo with some wire ties. This will support your orchid and also allow the blooms to be beautifully presented.

I also like to use clear plastic pots during the growing period because it allows sunlight to reach the root structure. Sun light is very important to all orchids, but the right amount and intensity is critical for your Phal. Phal's are low-light orchids so it's best to place them in an East or South-East facing window, pulled back a bit from the window so that they get bright morning sun, but the light will lack the intensity of the later parts of the day.

If you decide to use artificial lights then fluorescents are a great choice. Just place the light about a foot to a foot and a half above the orchid on an angle. Give them 12 hours, or so, of sunlight, or whatever mimics the natural daylight of that time of year.

Temperature is also very important for Phalaenopsis orchids. Aim for a daytime temperature of no more than 85 F and nighttime lows of around 65 F.

A critical component for all Phal's is their water intake. This need is met through two mediums: physically watering the plant and humidity. If you have a humidifier, aim to keep the humidity around 70%, although some Phalaenopsis species will like it higher.

If you don't have a humidifier you can buy a humidity tray that will meet this need.

A word of caution here: Do not over water your Phal orchids. This is the single biggest mistake in orchid care. Plan on watering once every 7 to 10 days. During the high growth season you can increase this to once every 5-7 days. I also like to fertilize about every other time that I water. This helps give your plant a boost of necessary nutrients.

Having a Phalaenopsis orchid around is really an eye-pleaser at home or at work. If you follow these few simple guidelines then you'll be on your way to seeing your orchids bloom beautifully and easily.

About the Author

Mark Alber is the owner of www.OrchidInformationHeadquarters.com. You can find more resources on Phal Orchids at his website.

Cutting a Phalaenopsis Spike

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