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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! 🐝
Also known as
Anggrek bulan, Moth Orchid, Phalaenopsis Orchid and Bramble Orchid
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 Oakland, California.
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January 31st, 2023
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Oakland is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
January 31st, 2023
Oakland is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to increase by 34% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.1 megajoules of energy per m2 per…
January 30th, 2023
This month, Oakland is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 9.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.5 total hours of dayl…
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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Oakland, California ⛅.
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.
January 31st, 2023
The growing potential in Oakland is low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
It's best to repot…
What other plant parents say
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 🌸
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!
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!
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!