PHALAENOPSIS culture sheet
October to April: Place the plant within 50cm of a well-exposed window with 2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight each day.
May to September: Same location but avoid direct sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. which could burn the leaves. A light curtain may be sufficient to provide the necessary shade.
Temperate non-calcareous water see watering file HERE
Watering is done according to the color of the roots (or the weight of the pot)
Plant that requires watering
The majority of Phalaenopsis are greenhouse orchids: Ideal temperatures are 25-30 ° C during the day and 18-25 ° C at night. Hybrids can eventually adapt to cooler temperatures for a short time (without dropping below 16 ° C) provided the substrate is kept dry. The plant then comes to rest (it stops growing) and it is then necessary to let the substrate dry thoroughly between waterings and not to fertilize it.
Phalaenopsis are relatively greedy in fertilizer compared to other orchids. However, their needs have nothing in common with those of a classic green plant: A too concentrated fertilizer solution can seriously damage the roots. It will be necessary for each watering by measuring your water, see watering file HERE.
Young plants called keikis can appear on old flower stalks if left untrimmed. They are carbon copies of the mother plant. When the keiki has developed 3 leaves and 3 roots of at least 3 cm, it can be detached from the mother plant and be repotted separately in a very small pot.
Cut the stem or not?
When your phalaenopsis has finished flowering, some people will recommend that you cut the stem at the 2nd or 3rd "eye" in order to have a new bloom.