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Kokodama fits in every environment, both inside and outside. You can hang or place the cocodama plants in the house or outside on the terrace. There is already a nice assortment available in all kinds of colors and types.
Place the Phalaenopsis in a sunny place where there is no direct sunlight. In direct sunlight the leaves can burn. A spot in front of a window on the north is fine. The plant can also be placed on the west or east with a few meters distance from the window. A south-facing window is a few meters further away.
The Phalaenopsis thrives best at a minimum night temperature of 16°C and a maximum day temperature of 32°C. An ideal daytime temperature is between 20 and 22°C. This orchid requires a lot of light but does not tolerate direct sunlight, especially during the summer months. A place on the window sill facing (north) east or (south) west is ideal. When leaves turn yellow, this can be a sign of too much direct sunlight. The loss of flower buds or dark green leaves indicate a possible lack of light.
Do not pour the water for the orchid into the heart of the plant but pour it into the pot on the soil. The ideal watering is lukewarm with an acidity (pH) of 6-7. Rainwater is better than tap water that contains (too) much calcium. Water preferably early in the day. It is even better to immerse the pot in a bucket for one minute. After that, the orchid can easily be left without water for seven days.
In its natural environment, the Phalaenopsis has a high humidity. If you therefore want to grow or propagate the plant, it is best to do so in damp places, such as a kitchen, bathroom or conservatory.
It is important that the Phalaenopsis stands in airy soil that ensures a moisture-containing drainage. Special orchid soil, which is available at most garden centres, is ideal for this purpose. It is better not to use ordinary potting soil. Because there is often little food in the airy orchid soil, it is best to fertilise the Phaelenopsis with water. Special orchid manure is available for this purpose. Fertilisation is necessary in the months of March to October, about twice a month.
When a Phalaenopsis has finished flowering, you can try to get it flowering again. For this it is necessary to cut off the branch above the second 'eye'. This concerns thickening of the branch. You have to start counting from below.
If the Phalaenopsis develops aerial roots that will grow outside the pot, this is a sign that the orchid is enjoying itself. Just leave the roots in place. You don't have to put them back in the pot with the danger of damaging the roots.
The Phalaenopsis originates from the Philippines, Australia and Southeast Asia. In the wild, the Phalaenopsis grows mainly in trees, but also on permeable soil such as rock crevices, near rivers and streams and on humus.
The Phalaenopsis can suffer from mealy bug. However, this can easily be prevented by regular spraying. If it does occur, it is important to control the mealybug as soon as possible with a biological or if desired a chemical pesticide.