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Phalaenopsis Genus

Moth orchid

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Description

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.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Orchids or Epiphytics

Other common names

Orchid

Origin

Himalayas, S.E.Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

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.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, mealy bugs, red spider mites and fungal rotting

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