Phalaenopsis orchid culture

It this article we will focus on phalaenopsis orchid culture for people who are new to plant growing in particular. The history of this wonderful species goes back to 1750 when it was first mentioned by Rumphius in the sixth volume of his HERBARIUM AMBOINENSE. Currently the genus comprises over 50 species. Phalaenopsis orchid is the most common one due to its ease of cultivation. In the past having this plant was an elite and pricey hobby. Nowadays due to cloning with tissue culture it is widespread and thus affordable for a gardener.

Phalaenopsis orchid care culture involves partial shade and consistent moisture. Watering practices may seem a bit confusing at first but as soon as you get your hand in it that won’t be such a challenge anymore. The plant likes to be moist nut not sopping wet. The frequency of watering depends on the potting medium. If you grow your plant in bark, watering one time a week is sufficient. If the species has been planted in moss, it must be watered as soon as the top gets dry.

Phals are “low” light plants. They should be protected from direct sunlight as it can burn the foliage. Leaves of the species must be olive green. If you see that they are darker that is a signal your plant is not getting enough light. If the top of the leaves is covered with a dark red blush, that means there is too much light for the species.

This plant enjoys the same warm temperatures that people like. At night the appropriate temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit, during the day – 70-95 degrees. Fluctuating temperatures can cause bud drop.

If you want to be rewarded with beautiful blooms, you should fertilize your phal. It’s better to apply fertilizer once a week at half strength.

The recommended humidity to grow this plant is 60-70%.