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

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 Boston, Massachusetts.

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

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5"
Light

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Plant care guide for Phalaenopsis orchid in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

64% Medium

Growing Phalaenopsis orchid in Boston right now

Light needs for plant Phalaenopsis orchid in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

October 16th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Phalaenopsis orchid in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 37.4% ☀️

October 16th, 2021

Boston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to decrease by 37.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Phalaenopsis orchid in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will decrease by 2.0 hours 📉

October 15th, 2021

This month, Boston is getting an average of 9.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 16.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.2 total hours of dayl…

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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..️

Boston, Massachusetts currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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 Boston, Massachusetts

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

October 15th, 2021

The growing potential in Boston is medium 👌.

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 Boston, Massachusetts, 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 88
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 82
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 61
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 41
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 22
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Phalaenopsis orchid has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 64 XP
10/09/2021

Easy orchid.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Mirbass avatar
@Mirbass
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Waitara, New South Wales
10/02/2021

I water once a month by placing it in a sink & running a small but steady stream of water directly into its inner orchid basket for about 10mins, then let it drain in the sink for at least 30 minutes before putting back into its ceramic outer pot.

I also keep this orchid on a bathroom windowsill, next to the shower so it gets plenty of humidity. The window is frosted glass, too, so the light is diffused.

I bought this orchid in 2013. After its initial flowering (from when I bought it) it didn’t flower for another 2-3 years, but instead grew lots of aerial roots. Since then, it’s flowered every winter like clockwork, & the blossoms last many months! 😃💖

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Heylen avatar
@Heylen
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 191 XP
globe Miami, Florida
09/23/2021

This orchid was beautiful in its bloom, for an orchid it’s grown pretty fast after removing his last dead stem. It had gone through root rot but i managed to save it. So far so good and expecting blooms in 5-9 months.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Sheila lady avatar
@Sheila lady
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 181 XP
globe Easton, Pennsylvania
09/16/2021

This was a gift. Once the flower dropped all its original blooms, probably as a result of new location, it began to flower again and appears to have settled in well.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Dcooper713 avatar
@Dcooper713
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 142 XP
globe Spokane, Washington
09/01/2021

It’s beautiful but you have to be patient for it to bloom again.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Phanie avatar
@Phanie
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 321 XP
globe Kent, Washington
08/31/2021

My orchid use to sit on my reception desk until the florist indicated it was going to be tossed. I've had it for four years now and have only seen it bloom once, but it has never given up. It needs a lot of TLC but it has been very satisfying to watch its new growth after all these years.

Survivor Survivor
Cookiesanti avatar
@Cookiesanti
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 163 XP
08/30/2021

Not easy to treat but beautiful results are established at the end

Survivor Survivor
Cariyoung avatar
@Cariyoung
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 4,120 XP
globe Diamond Bar, California
08/24/2021

beautiful blooms. but needs a lot of time and attention, special pots and soil mixture (sphagnum moss, orchid bark), no direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Cariyoung avatar
@Cariyoung
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 4,120 XP
globe Diamond Bar, California
08/24/2021

beautiful blooms. but needs a lot of time and attention, special pots and soil mixture (sphagnum moss, orchid bark), no direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Cariyoung avatar
@Cariyoung
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 4,120 XP
globe Diamond Bar, California
08/24/2021

beautiful blooms. but needs a lot of time and attention, special pots and soil mixture (sphagnum moss, orchid bark), no direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Cariyoung avatar
@Cariyoung
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 4,120 XP
globe Diamond Bar, California
08/24/2021

beautiful blooms. but needs a lot of time and attention, special pots and soil mixture (sphagnum moss, orchid bark), no direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Cariyoung avatar
@Cariyoung
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 4,120 XP
globe Diamond Bar, California
08/24/2021

beautiful blooms. but needs a lot of time and attention, special pots and soil mixture (sphagnum moss, orchid bark), no direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Cariyoung avatar
@Cariyoung
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 4,120 XP
globe Diamond Bar, California
08/24/2021

beautiful blooms. but needs a lot of time and attention, special pots and soil mixture (sphagnum moss, orchid bark), no direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Cariyoung avatar
@Cariyoung
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 4,120 XP
globe Diamond Bar, California
08/24/2021

beautiful blooms. but needs a lot of time and attention, special pots and soil mixture (sphagnum moss, orchid bark), no direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Tamsin avatar
@Tamsin
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 46 XP
08/23/2021

As a new plant parent this plant has been through a lot and it’s still alive woooohoooo they don’t like cold water but not boiling just slightly warm

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@5911labradorite
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 443 XP
08/22/2021

So beautiful in the summertime! I rotate it every other day and whichever way is facing the sun new blooms pop up. And it gives off exceptional vibes to any room!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Melaza avatar
@Melaza
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 469 XP
globe New York
08/20/2021

The standard hybrid phalaenopsis is easy to take care of if you adjust care to your conditions and ensure you have good drainage. Dry conditions should use airy orchid or bark mixes with more sphagnum moss while those growing in humid conditions can use less/no sphagnum. I use a very airy mix so I can shower and soak weekly.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Jill avatar
@Jill
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 485 XP
08/20/2021

beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Paula avatar
@Paula
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 826 XP
globe New York
08/10/2021

my mom got it for me when I had covid ♥️♥️♥️

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@Lucasd
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Stacy, Minnesota
08/09/2021

You need to know proper care for this plant. They will not thrive in the pots that you get them in from the supermarket.

Very beautiful plants

Blooms easily Blooms easily

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