How to take care of your Phalaenopsis Orchids
The Phalaenopsis orchids they are very popular in Italy and abroad, there are about 50 species and are native to Asia and the archipelagos of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Phalaenopsis comes from two Greek words phalaen (butterfly) e opsis (similar to), and in fact thePhalaenopsis orchid it looks like a butterfly and for this it is called “Butterfly orchid”.
Like all orchid species, Phalaenopsis orchids are grown in a warm greenhouse, they grow well in high temperatures and high humidity. It loves temperatures below 28 ° C and humidity even over 65 - 70%. But the higher the temperature, the higher the humidity must be.
Phalaenopsis orchids, but in general all orchids, do not like full sun exposure. If you place it near a window, choose a shaded one, perhaps with a curtain in order to shield the sun's rays.
The color of the leaves will help you understand if the orchid receives the right amount of light:
A light green leaf or with oval burns indicate that it is receiving too much light and therefore the shading needs to be increased.
If the leaves get too dark and appear weak or limp it means the plant wants more light.
The Phalaenopsis orchid also requires these treatments:
- Watering better if using demineralized water
- to understand when to water the orchid, look at the roots: when they dry they slowly change color from green to gray
- the orchid should be watered in the morning
- the fertilizer must be administered once a month without exceeding
At the end of flowering, the floral stems can be cut below the last node that precedes the first flower and then the plant will be able to emit ramifications from the old stem and produce numerous but smaller flowers or completely eliminate the stem and in this case the plant it will recreate the stem which will produce new flowers more slowly but with a more beautiful and lasting flowering.