Last week my wife came back from a visit to the in-laws. With her came a Moth orchid, (Phalaenopsis). They wanted me to see what I could do to revive it. Well,…
Phalaenopsis genus (Moth orchid). They will produce broad leaves which are plain green or spotted. The flowers are most commonly shining white but sometimes pale pink and appearing at almost any time of year.
Evergreens, Orchids or Epiphytics
Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.
They will need tropical and subtropical climates with a warm but well-ventilated greenhouse with filtered light. Make sure they have a constant moisture and a rich but open and perfectly drained compost. In temperate climates, they need to be grown in greenhouses. Can be grown in pots but also on slabs of bark. Weak foliar feeds can be added to the sprays.
You can propagate by division in the spring. Or you can propagate from older leafless pseudobulbs which can be removed for replanting, or from new growth which may appear from the bottom of the plant.
Aphids, mealy bugs, red spider mites and fungal rotting
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