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

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FRAGRANT BEAUTIFUL YELLOW AND PINK STELLATE PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID HYBRID IN SPIKE
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STUNNING GORGEOUS SPOTTED PELORIC PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID HYBRID IN SPIKE
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CUTE MINI WHITE PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID HYBRID IN SPIKE
CUTE MINI WHITE PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID HYBRID IN SPIKE
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PELORIC Phalaenopsis Orchid Burgundy Spotted Flowers Bare Root Large Plant Phal
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Blooming Size Mounted Phalaenopsis amboinensis White Species Orchid Plant
Blooming Size Mounted Phalaenopsis amboinensis White Species Orchid Plant
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Noid mini phalaenopsis Rescue
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NoID phalaenopsis with UNUSUAL flowers
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NoID mini phalaenopsis PELORIC
NoID mini phalaenopsis PELORIC
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis Species Orchid Plant
Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis Species Orchid Plant
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Phalaenopsis violacea var murtoniana Species Orchid Plant
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Phalaenopsis lobbii SWEET MINIATURE INTERMEDIATE seedling orchid species
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3 seedling Compot of Phalaenopsis amabilis Orchid Plant
3 seedling Compot of Phalaenopsis amabilis Orchid Plant
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Orchid flask Phalaenopsis bellina
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis 5 leaves  1 new start mature large division
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ADORABLE MINI PHALAENOPSIS JIAHOS PINK GIRL SCHILLERIANA HYBRID ORCHID FRAGRANT
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Phalaenopsis Bellina Phal Orchid in Spike with Fat Bud Very Fragrant Plant
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Phalaenopsis violacea Red 1 orchid species T4P25
Phalaenopsis violacea Red 1 orchid species T4P25
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BEAUTIFUL PINK PELORIC PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID HYBRID IN SPIKE
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Phalaenopsis Brother Pepride Carmela BLOOMING SIZE
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Phalaenopsis Sogo Manager Newberry Sunshine BLOOMING SIZE
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Phalaenopsis amabilis species 2 Seedlings Orchid Rare
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Phalaenopsis javanica Flower Emerge Natural Species RARE Low start
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Phalaenopsis floresensis one plant Natural Species RARE
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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis Mature Size RARE Species Bid Now Low start
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Phalaenopsis schilleriana 1 Plant ORCHIDS species
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Phalaenopsis stuartiana v yellow orchid species T4P35
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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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