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)

If you want to add one of these beautiful plants to your home, check out the extensive selection on eBay. Great prices too.

Phalaenopsis Orchids
Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis Dragonslayer Round Robin In Flower
Phalaenopsis Dragonslayer Round Robin In Flower
$21.50 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 2m
Fancy Free x Zuma Garnet Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
Fancy Free x Zuma Garnet Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
$16.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 4m
gersenii Orange x violacea Indigo Fragrant Phalaenopsis Compot
gersenii Orange x violacea Indigo Fragrant Phalaenopsis Compot
$20.50 (5 Bids)
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corningiana x gersenii Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
corningiana x gersenii Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
$12.10 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 8m
Phalaenopsis sumatrana compot
Phalaenopsis sumatrana compot
$28.01 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 10m
corningiana x speciosa Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
corningiana x speciosa Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
$23.50 (4 Bids)
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LDs Bear King x violacea Indigo Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
LDs Bear King x violacea Indigo Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
$31.00 (9 Bids)
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LDs Bear Queen x Fancy Free Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
LDs Bear Queen x Fancy Free Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Compot
$16.01 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 17m
Phalaenopsis tetraspsis orchid species SOUGHT AFTER T4P4
Phalaenopsis tetraspsis orchid species SOUGHT AFTER T4P4
$32.99
Time Remaining: 14h 2m
Phalaenopsis javanica x sib species Orchid Plant
Phalaenopsis javanica x sib species Orchid Plant
$22.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 51m
Phalaenopsis equestris Blue x self species Orchid Plant
Phalaenopsis equestris Blue x self species Orchid Plant
$17.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 14h 53m
Fragrant Phalaenopsis Delta Sunset Hermione x cornu cervi Orchid Plant spike
Fragrant Phalaenopsis Delta Sunset Hermione x cornu cervi Orchid Plant spike
$18.75 (1 Bid)
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Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian V3 Large White One Spike
Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian V3 Large White One Spike
$16.90
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Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian V3 Large WhiteTwo Spikes
Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian V3 Large WhiteTwo Spikes
$21.90
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Phalaenopsis Phal Equestris V Alba KF
Phalaenopsis Phal Equestris V Alba KF
$9.99
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Phalaenopsis Phal Equestris v Leucaspis Anne 2growth In Bloom Rare Peloric
Phalaenopsis Phal Equestris v Leucaspis Anne 2growth In Bloom Rare Peloric
$69.99
Time Remaining: 15h 48m
20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
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Time Remaining: 16h 15m
orchid Phalaenopsis yellow purple live plant in pot not in bloom
orchid Phalaenopsis yellow purple live plant in pot not in bloom
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orchid Phalaenopsis 2 minis in one pot not inbloom with ceramic pot
orchid Phalaenopsis 2 minis in one pot not inbloom with ceramic pot
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orchid Phalaenopsis mini 2 plants live plants in pot not in bloom
orchid Phalaenopsis mini 2 plants live plants in pot not in bloom
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Phalaenopsis Javanica var Sumatrana Moth Butterfly Orchid Very large
Phalaenopsis Javanica var Sumatrana Moth Butterfly Orchid Very large
$6.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 29m
Phalaenopsis Princess Kaiulani ambo flava x Violacea indigo Moth Orchid Large
Phalaenopsis Princess Kaiulani ambo flava x Violacea indigo Moth Orchid Large
$15.50 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 59m
PHALAENOPSIS Orchid Blooming  Growing food for 6 month
PHALAENOPSIS Orchid Blooming Growing food for 6 month
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PHALAENOPSIS BORNENSIS X PHAL PENANG JEWEL ORCHID PHAL FREE FLOWERING
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orchid cloning paste KEIKI POWER PRO paste phalaenopsis clone plants 10 gram
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keiki paste cloning KEIKI POWER PRO 5 grams phalaenopsis clone plants orchids
keiki paste cloning KEIKI POWER PRO 5 grams phalaenopsis clone plants orchids
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Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Exquisite Red Species Orchid in Blooms
Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Exquisite Red Species Orchid in Blooms
$27.00
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Phal Phalaenopsis Hawaii Dragon Girl Hybrid In Spike With Flower
Phal Phalaenopsis Hawaii Dragon Girl Hybrid In Spike With Flower
$38.00
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 8m
Ultra RARE Phalaenopsis bellina var coerulea 3 pot IN BLOOM
Ultra RARE Phalaenopsis bellina var coerulea 3 pot IN BLOOM
$30.00 (33 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 47m
Ultra RARE Phalaenopsis lindenii Stripe SM TOGA 3 pot IN BLOOM
Ultra RARE Phalaenopsis lindenii Stripe SM TOGA 3 pot IN BLOOM
$11.00 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 53m
Orchid Mini Phalaenopsis  Atlantic Fire  South Florida Grown
Orchid Mini Phalaenopsis Atlantic Fire South Florida Grown
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Orchid Mini Phalaenopsis  Polynesian Honey  South Florida Grown
Orchid Mini Phalaenopsis Polynesian Honey South Florida Grown
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RARE variety Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Damlong 3 pot IN BLOOM 2 SPIKES
RARE variety Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Damlong 3 pot IN BLOOM 2 SPIKES
$11.49 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 1m
RARE Phalaenopsis violacea var sumatrana 4 pot IN BLOOM
RARE Phalaenopsis violacea var sumatrana 4 pot IN BLOOM
$20.50 (28 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 6m
Nice Orange Phalaenopsis Surf Song 4 pot Large Plant needs repotted
Nice Orange Phalaenopsis Surf Song 4 pot Large Plant needs repotted
$15.50 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 12m
20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
$1.26 (10 Bids)
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orchid Phalaenopsis NOT In bloom unusual coloring purple white plant in pot
orchid Phalaenopsis NOT In bloom unusual coloring purple white plant in pot
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PHALAENOPSIS YU PIN PEARL BLOOMING SIZE HARLEQUIN ORCHID SHIPPED IN 4 POT
PHALAENOPSIS YU PIN PEARL BLOOMING SIZE HARLEQUIN ORCHID SHIPPED IN 4 POT
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Phalaenopsis mannii Mahogany Giant AM AOS x self
Phalaenopsis mannii Mahogany Giant AM AOS x self
$19.95
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Orchid Phalaenopsis Corningiana PRETTY MAROON RED BLOOMING SIZE
Orchid Phalaenopsis Corningiana PRETTY MAROON RED BLOOMING SIZE
$22.95
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 58m
Mini Phalaenopsis Orchid Peloric Form Fragrant Phal 2 pot in moss RARE Plant
Mini Phalaenopsis Orchid Peloric Form Fragrant Phal 2 pot in moss RARE Plant
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis 4 inch basket Large RARE SPECIES
Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis 4 inch basket Large RARE SPECIES
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20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
$0.01 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 15m
Phalaenopsis bellina 2 SPIKES Species Orchid Plant
Phalaenopsis bellina 2 SPIKES Species Orchid Plant
$26.00 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 29m
Lot 2 Mini Phals 1 Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Juahos Pink Girl + Hot Purple
Lot 2 Mini Phals 1 Fragrant Phalaenopsis Orchid Juahos Pink Girl + Hot Purple
$29.00
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 41m
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Orchid Species Phalaenopsis bastianii  LOTS OF SPIKES
Orchid Species Phalaenopsis bastianii LOTS OF SPIKES
$32.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 39m
Bulbophyllum Phalaenopsis Mounted Huge Plants
Bulbophyllum Phalaenopsis Mounted Huge Plants
$65.00
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 47m
Orchid flask Phalaenopsis bellina
Orchid flask Phalaenopsis bellina
$23.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 55m
Phalaenopsis Tying Shin Blue Jay X parishii EXTREMELY RARE orchid hybrid MINI
Phalaenopsis Tying Shin Blue Jay X parishii EXTREMELY RARE orchid hybrid MINI
$19.99
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 58m
Phal Phalaenopsis Violacea In Flower With 2 Spikes Fragrant FREE SHIPPING
Phal Phalaenopsis Violacea In Flower With 2 Spikes Fragrant FREE SHIPPING
$41.00
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 27m
phal phalaenopsis lyndon green emerald hybrid large plant in flower with 2 spike
phal phalaenopsis lyndon green emerald hybrid large plant in flower with 2 spike
$47.00
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 34m
Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis 4 leaves mature large division
Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis 4 leaves mature large division
$69.99
Time Remaining: 2d 20h 10m
Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Exquisite Red Species Orchid in Blooms
Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Exquisite Red Species Orchid in Blooms
$25.99
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 57m
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BIN FRAGRANT Phal David Lim amboinensis flavida x gigantea Phalaenopsis Orchid
BIN FRAGRANT Phal David Lim amboinensis flavida x gigantea Phalaenopsis Orchid
$29.99
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Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis Miniature Cool Flowers Pansy Orchid Species Awesome
Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis Miniature Cool Flowers Pansy Orchid Species Awesome
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Orchid Phalaenopsis 6 Pack South Florida Grown
Orchid Phalaenopsis 6 Pack South Florida Grown
$69.99
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 29m
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20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
20 Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Flower Seeds Mixed Colors USA Seller FREE Shipping
$0.01 (1 Bid)
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis species Orchid Plant
Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis species Orchid Plant
$44.50
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 10m
PHALAENOPSIS BORNENSIS X PHAL PENANG JEWEL ORCHID PHAL FREE FLOWERING 431
PHALAENOPSIS BORNENSIS X PHAL PENANG JEWEL ORCHID PHAL FREE FLOWERING 431
$32.00
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20pcs phalaenopsis orchid cymbidium stem  other plant clips
20pcs phalaenopsis orchid cymbidium stem other plant clips
$0.99
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Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica species Orchid Plant 3 spikes
Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica species Orchid Plant 3 spikes
$23.75 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 2m
10 Orchids Phalaenopsis Random picks South Florida Grown
10 Orchids Phalaenopsis Random picks South Florida Grown
$89.99
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Phalaenopsis mannii var aurea NICE FLOWERS Mounted Tree fern SPECIES
Phalaenopsis mannii var aurea NICE FLOWERS Mounted Tree fern SPECIES
$40.00
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15 Phalaenopsis Orchids Random Picks South Florida Grown
15 Phalaenopsis Orchids Random Picks South Florida Grown
$119.99
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200 Mixed Phalaenopsis Orchid seeds US SELLER FREE SHIPPING
200 Mixed Phalaenopsis Orchid seeds US SELLER FREE SHIPPING
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AWESOME Phalaenopsis amabalis Koch SPIKE BUDS 3 pot SPECIES
AWESOME Phalaenopsis amabalis Koch SPIKE BUDS 3 pot SPECIES
$50.00
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AWESOME Phalaenopsis bellina var alba SPIKE 3 pot SPECIES
AWESOME Phalaenopsis bellina var alba SPIKE 3 pot SPECIES
$50.00
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Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Damlong orchid species Sequential T4P30
Phalaenopsis cornu cervi Red Damlong orchid species Sequential T4P30
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Phalaenopsis Orchid Mix 2 Bulk Box
Phalaenopsis Orchid Mix 2 Bulk Box
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PHALAENOPSIS APPENDICULATA MINI MINIATURE ORCHID MOUNTED NBS SEEDLING VERY RARE
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Orchid Plant Phalaenopsis malipoensis Species
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Orchid Plant Phalaenopsis parishii Species
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis 4 basket RARE SPECIES
$100.00
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Orchid species Doritis Phalaenopsis pulcherrima champorensis aurea
Orchid species Doritis Phalaenopsis pulcherrima champorensis aurea
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Phalaenopsis Frenchys Plastic Yellow Orchid Plant
Phalaenopsis Frenchys Plastic Yellow Orchid Plant
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Phalaenopsis cornu cervi species Orchid Plant 4 spikes
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BEAUTIFUL PURPLE VEINS MINIATURE PHALAENOPSIS MOTH ORCHID P28
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WOW Phalaenopsis speciosa FLOWERS 4 pot
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis orchid species Rare T4P29
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orchid Phalaenopsis In bloom purple live plant in pot
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Orchid Mini Phalaenopsis Purple Vein South Florida Grown
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AWESOME Phalaenopsis hybrid SPIKE FLOWERS WHITE FLOWERS 4 pot
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PHALAENOPSIS SANDERIANA ORCHID SPECIES PHAL 2243
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WOW Phalaenopsis Pilong Cherry Bloom size 4 pot
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AWESOME Phalaenopsis bellina Bloom size Bare root SPECIES
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WOW Phalaenopsis gigantea mounted
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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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