Phalaenopsis Orchid Care
Light: Requires good, bright direct light to thrive. Will not tolerate direct sunlight at all and will burn the foliage easily. Rotate the plant occasionally to even out growth.
Water: A good method for watering is to soak the bark in water for 15 - 20 mins to let it absorb plenty of water. This moisture is then released slowly which provides the Orchid all the water it wants. Your orchid does not like drought at all.
Fertilizer: Fertilize with a weak orchid fertilizer weekly during spring and summer. Reduce this to once a month during colder months.
Temperature: Your orchid enjoys higher temperatures but can tolerate anything from 16c to 24c. During flowering season it wants a good contrast between daytime and night time temperatures to bloom well. It can tolerate going down as low as 12c at night during this period.
Humidity: The higher the temperature, the higher the humidity requirements of this plant. A wet pebble tray or regularly misting with water can provide this additional humidity. With increased humidity you also need higher airflow to prevent diseases and fungus.
Flowering: During flowering season it wants a good contrast between daytime and night time temperatures to bloom well. It can tolerate going down as low as 12c at night during this period.
Pests: Scale, mealy bugs, slugs and snails are some of the pests to keep an eye out for with Orchids.
Diseases: Your Orchid is susceptible to root or stem rot due to overly soggy soil. This is why it is advised to plant your orchid in bark and saturate the bark properly.
Soil: Most bark potting media will be great for an Orchid
Pot Size: Only requires repotting every 2 - 3 years.
Pruning: When a flower drops off, keep an eye on the flowers and the surrounding stem. Once the stem begins to yellow it is best to cut it back a node to preserve energy.
Poisonous Plant Info: Non toxic to humans and animals