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How to care for Phalaenopsis orchid
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 Miami, Florida.
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October 15th, 2021
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Miami is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determining…
October 15th, 2021
Miami is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Miami is expected to decrease by 20.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 13.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per day…
October 14th, 2021
This month, Miami is getting an average of 10.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.1 total hours of dayli…
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 Miami, Florida ☀️.️
This is a great time to watch your Phalaenopsis orchid thrive 🌿!
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.
What other plant parents say
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! 😃💖
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.
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.