Tropical Blooming Houseplant Inspiration: The Phalaenopsis Orchid
Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Though there are thousands of species in the Orchidaceae family, the Phalaenopsis Orchid is our favorite. We love it for its gorgeous blooms and uniqueness!
Did You Know:
This variety originates across Australia and several countries in Asia. They are rare to find growing outdoors in the US, with the exception of warm, tropical climates, such as South Florida.
To help your plant stay healthy, it is important to mimic tropical conditions by providing
a warm sunny spot, usually in a window that provides indirect light, and watering, on average, once per week. When dry the aerial roots will often turn silvery white and perk back up to a light green color after watering.
Unlike other Orchids in her family, such as the Dendrobium and Cymbidium Orchids, the Phalaenopsis Orchid grows from a single stem making it less drought tolerant and needing watering more frequently than other varieties. The best compound to support the single stem structure is a mixture of bark chips, perlite, sphagnum moss, coconut husk, or charcoal. These mixtures help the Phalaenopsis to retain water better and keep from drought issues.
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