Phalaenopsis Orchid

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Characteristics

Species: spp.

Other Species Names: Moth Orchid

Plant Height: 4-6 in.

Spread: 12-18 in.

Evergreen: Yes

Plant Form: Upright

Minimum Sunlight: Indirect

Maximum Sunlight: Indirect

Ornamental Features

A family of orchids that produce multiple, short spikes of blooms in a variety of colors; an excellent plant for containers.

Landscape Attributes

Phalaenopsis Orchid features showy spikes of orchid-like flowers of various colors at the ends of the stems in early spring. Its oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. This is an open herbaceous evergreen houseplant with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its bold texture sets it apart from other indoor plants with more refined foliage. This plant should not require much pruning, except when necessary to keep it looking its best. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration; Disease. Phalaenopsis Orchidis recommended for adding color and interest to homes and commercial interior plantings. On shady patios, it can be easily moved to various locations of indirect sunlight for special events or effects.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Phalaenopsis Orchid can be expected to grow 12-18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12-18 inches. It grows at a slow rate blooming annually, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. This houseplant should only be grown away from direct sunlight or in a room with strong artificial light. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; the main consideration should be that the soil media be light, porous, and drain quickly. There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.