With good care, you can enjoy the floral splendor of your Phalaenopsis for a very long time, up to more than three months. And did you know that you can bring your Phalaenopsis back into bloom after flowering, with a rest period of approximately six months before the plant? We have listed a number of tips for you to enjoy the flower splendor 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 at a minimum night temperature of 16 ° C and a maximum day temperature of 24 ° C. The ideal daytime temperature is between 20 and 22 ° C. Although this orchid requires a lot of light, it does not tolerate direct sunlight, especially in the summer months. An ideal place is a place on the windowsill facing (north) east or (south) west. When leaves turn yellow, this can be a sign of too much direct sunlight. The loss of flower buds or dark green leaves may indicate a possible lack of light.
Water and moisture
Do not pour the water in the heart of the plant, but on the soil in the pot. Rainwater is better than tap water that contains (too) much lime. Preferably water early in the day. It is even better to immerse the pot in a bucket of water for 5 to 10 minutes. Your orchid can then go without water for seven days. The Phalaenopsis has a high humidity in its natural environment. Therefore, if you want to cultivate or propagate the plant, this is best done in damp places, such as in a kitchen, bathroom or conservatory.
Soil and fertilization
It is important that the Phalaenopsis is in an airy soil, which provides a moisture-containing drainage. Special orchid soil, which you can buy at most garden centers, is ideal for this. Do not use ordinary potting soil. Because there is often little food in the airy orchid soil, it is best to fertilize the Phalaenopsis via the irrigation water. Special orchid fertilizer is available for this. Fertilization is necessary in the months of March to October, about twice a month.
Once a Phalaenopsis has finished flowering, you can get it to flower again. For this it is necessary to cut the branch above the second 'eye'. By 'eye' we mean a bulge on the branch. Start counting from the bottom. If the Phalaenopsis develops aerial roots, which will grow outside the pot, this is a sign that the orchid is having a good time. Just let the carrots sit. You don't have to put them back in the jar. You also run the risk of damaging the roots.