Plant Care Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

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Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis orchids get their name from the Greek 'phalaina' meaning moth, as their flowers are thought to resemble moth or butterfly wings! 🦋 Once their flowers have blossomed, they will eventually die but the plant will live one and continue to produce new flower spikes throughout its life. Orchid flowers evolved to attract pollinators and ther unique shape helps keep insects safe while collecting and dispersing pollen! 🐝


Phalaenopsis spp.

Also known as

Anggrek bulan, Moth Orchid, Phalaenopsis Orchid and Bramble Orchid

How to care for Phalaenopsis Orchid


How often to water your Phalaenopsis Orchid

Water needs for Phalaenopsis Orchid
0.5 cups
every 9

Phalaenopsis Orchid needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Phalaenopsis Orchid

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Phalaenopsis Orchid in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Phalaenopsis Orchid: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Phalaenopsis Orchid may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Phalaenopsis Orchid

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Phalaenopsis Orchid: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Phalaenopsis Orchid after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Phalaenopsis Orchid is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 108
Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 99
Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 66
Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 46
Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Phalaenopsis Orchid has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
@MariansOasis avatar
leaf-1 91 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA

Amazingly beautiful flowers. Must be patient however as it blooms once a year under right conditions. I’ve had some that didn’t bloom for years. But I’ve learned that it’s particular about light, water and temperature. Learn how to care for it and you’ll be rewarded with flowers 🌸

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@Plantoasis avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Leeds, England

Absolutely gorgeous plant and it’s super easy to care for as long as you get the nursery plug out in time.

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leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Goodyear, AZ

Beautiful flowers that last several months!

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@MariansOasis avatar
leaf-1 91 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA

Beautiful flowers. Slow grower. Easy going.

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@Pastel avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
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This plant is so pretty but it was one of my very first plants so I wasn’t sure how to take care of it and it’s starting to wilt and die. If you get this plant make sure you do your research

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leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD

A beautiful orchid that blooms really easily in bright light

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@dylan1stokes avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 XP
globe Witham, England

I have only just recently got my orchid. I have been wanting one for a long time and got this one reduced. The pedals are so pretty and look forward to having this new plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@BackupKamahi avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Cincinnati, OH

My boyfriend got this for me from Kroger and i was unable to move it to a larger pot quickly, but it also came with bugs and I am treating it and giving it orchid food hopefully he comes back :(

Browns easily Browns easily
@Cyrilcuba avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 54 XP
globe Miami, FL

There flowers don’t last long and they it takes for ever to grow back. I have to be constantly buying new ones

@tango avatar
leaf-1 71 Plants
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Mine is beautiful! Relatively easy to keep alive but very hard to get it to bloom. Overall worth it!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@PurpleThumb22 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 118 XP

Orchids are hard. She has lost all her leaves. 😕

@Stubby avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
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I received this orchid as a gift in August and as soon as I got it I changed the soil (had a death plug). Fast forward to a few weeks ago and the flowers just fell off and have already formed two more stems,one of which is blooming. I never expected this plant to bloom so fast and so easy!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Newplantmom503 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 95 XP
globe Portland, OR

Make sure you water it with warm water. Not hot or cold,warm.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Washington, DC

Pretty easy - but contrary to what a lot of grocery store tags say, please don’t give them ice cubes!! Orchids are tropical plants - they don’t want cold water.

Tara avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Ohoka, Canterbury

Careful not to overwater or allow it to stand in water.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Washington, DC

Orchids have a semi-scary reputation but they really aren’t that bad! I promise! It’s aaaaalll about keeping an eye on the roots (in my opinion). I like to give them a big soak every couple of weeks instead of watering a little bit more often.
But please for the love of all that is good do NOT do the ice cube method!! Orchids are tropical plants! They don’t like cold water!

@Newsha avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 237 XP
globe Denver, CO

Grocery store orchid that that was dying. Repotted with breathable inner pot, removed A LOT of root rot, and uses RepotMe “soil”….now it’s growing like crazy - lots of new leaves and roots. Fingers crossed it’ll grow a new spike and bloom in the next year. 🤞🏼

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Eee avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 88 XP

The flowers last ages if it is looked after properly.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 38 Plants
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globe Lincoln Park, NJ

Just give it 4 ice cubes once a week and it will bloom every year. Be careful not to knock it over because the stem is very delicate. If it breaks off don’t throw the plant away keep giving it ice every week and even though it will take a very long time you will see a stem grow and bloom again. The beauty of this plant makes it well worth the wait and the effort!

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