Plant Care Phalaenopsis orchid
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Phalaenopsis orchid

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Phalaenopsis orchid has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Taxonomy

Phalaenopsis spp.
Phalaenopsis
Orchidaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Phalaenopsis orchid has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 69
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 65
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 46
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 26
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 16
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 13
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 10
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Telecasterstripes avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Kookie by Telecasterstripes on Greg, the plant care app
06/07/2021

With a phalaenopsis orchid, you will experience blooms withering and dropping from the stems after its season of bloom passes, and left behind will be dry thorns. Don't worry, it isn't dead! Just loo…

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@Graygardens
South Jordan, UT
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Andy Gibson by Graygardens on Greg, the plant care app
05/31/2021

This beauty has halfway in bloom with snouts 6 flowers on it. I also have another that someone asked me to save and I honestly thought it wasn’t possible but these stinkers are survivors!! If you can…

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@Egotopia
Jacksonville, FL
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Phalaenopsis orchid by Egotopia on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

Orchids are deceptively easy to care for. Water it with distilled or rain water once weekly and keep the room moderately bright and you’ll have orchid blooms for months. When the blooms fall off, kee…

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@Lemonlaw
North Salem, NY
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Ophelia by Lemonlaw on Greg, the plant care app
04/22/2021

Following Greg’s advice, for the first time I was able to have an orchid reflower! Ophelia is even more Beautiful the second time around! The lush leaves at the bottom were strong for the months wh…

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@Alisha
Port Lincoln, SA
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Orlando Bloom by Alisha on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

My cat is an absolute horror to have plants around. He has chewed and chewed this orchid so much it has holes in its leaves but still continues to grow and survive. It’s one of the few plants I can h…

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@Tracy
Orlando, FL
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Your plant by Tracy on Greg, the plant care app
05/11/2021

I have always struggled with these. Not exactly sure where I go wrong - too much water, not enough? Too much sun, not enough? The blooms always fall off and never return. Someday I’ll get it right...

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@Mxtthewcast
Reedley, CA
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Orchids by Mxtthewcast on Greg, the plant care app
04/25/2021

I’ve never had problems with orchids, as long as you soak them every so often they will thrive. Plain black tea soaks are also good when they’re looking limp. I haven’t lost an orchid yet. :)

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@Lydiacow
Belper, England
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Derek the Dead Orchid by Lydiacow on Greg, the plant care app
05/15/2021

Mines dead but it’s a good plant if you actually bother to look after it (why else would I have the app?) and it’s pretty (when it’s alive not dead (otherwise it just looks like soil))

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@Javabean4
Evansville, IN
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Lila by Javabean4 on Greg, the plant care app
06/07/2021

Everyone has said orchids are difficult. But these are her second sets of blooms. These are my favorite plants! I use orchid mix and bark. Diluted miracle gro every couple of months.

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@Bbeauties
Castle Rock, CO
Rating of the plant Phalaenopsis orchid named Scarlett by Bbeauties on Greg, the plant care app
06/05/2021

Maybe it is just something I am doing but I cannot keep flowers on my orchid for more than a month. None of them!! I have 4 all growing new leaves but no shoots or blooms!

How to care for Phalaenopsis orchid

Water

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 located in New York, NY.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Phalaenopsis orchid in New York, NY

New York, NY

94% High

Growing Phalaenopsis orchid in New York right now

Light needs for plant Phalaenopsis orchid in New York, NY

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

July 28th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New York is currently high 📈.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…

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Light needs for plant Phalaenopsis orchid in New York, NY

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 6.8% ☀️

July 28th, 2021

New York is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New York is expected to decrease by 6.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 19.3 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Phalaenopsis orchid in New York, NY

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

July 28th, 2021

This month, New York is getting an average of 12.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 4.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.8 total hours of da…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in New York, NY ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Phalaenopsis orchid thrive 🌿!

Nutrients

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.

When to repot Phalaenopsis orchid

Nutrient needs for plant Phalaenopsis orchid in New York, NY

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

July 28th, 2021

The growing potential in New York is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any …

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Care Summary for Phalaenopsis orchid

Phalaenopsis orchid

Phalaenopsis orchid


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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