With proper care you can enjoy the beautiful flowers of your Phalaenopsis for a very long time, up to more than three months. And did you know that after flowering, with a pause of approximately six months before the plant, you can put your Phalaenopsis back into bloom again? We have listed a number of tips for you to be able to enjoy the beauty of your Phalaenopsis for as long as possible. These tips also help you to flower your orchid several times.
Temperature and light
The Phalaenopsis thrives best with a minimum night temperature of 16 ° C and a maximum day temperature of 24 ° C. The ideal day temperature is between 20 and 22 ° C. Although this orchid requires a lot of light, it does not tolerate direct sunlight, certainly not in the summer months. An ideal place is a place on the windowsill focused on the (north) east or the (south) west. When leaves turn yellow, this can be a sign of too much direct sunlight. The failure of flower buds or dark green leaves may indicate a possible lack of light.
Water and humidity
Do not pour the water into the heart of the plant, but rather into the earth into the pot. Rainwater is better than tap water that contains (too) much lime. Give water early in the day. It is even better to immerse the pot in a bucket of water for 5 to 10 minutes. Then your orchid can safely run without water for seven days. The Phalaenopsis has a high humidity in its natural environment. Therefore, if you want to grow or propagate the plant, it works best in humid places, such as in a kitchen, bathroom or conservatory.
Soil and fertilizer
It is important that the Phalaenopsis is in an airy soil that provides a moisture-containing drainage. Special orchid soil, which you can buy at most garden centers, is ideal for this. Prefer not to use normal potting soil. Because there is often little food in the airy orchid soil, it is best to fertilize the Phaelenopsis via the irrigation water. Special orchid fertilizer is available for this purpose. Fertilizing is required in the months of March to October, around twice a month.
If a Phalaenopsis has finished flowering, you can get it back in bloom. For this it is necessary to cut the branch above the second 'eye'. By 'eye' we mean a thickening on the branch. Start counting from the bottom up. If the Phalaenopsis develops aerial roots that will grow outside the pot, this is a sign that the orchid is having a good time. Just leave the roots. You don't have to put them back in the pot. You also run the risk of damaging the roots.