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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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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January 25th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…
January 24th, 2022
Philadelphia is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to increase by 31% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.8 megajoules of energy p…
January 25th, 2022
This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 6.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 9.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.2 total hours of…
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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.
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 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!
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! 😃💖