The beautifully exotic Phalaenopsis plants are the most popular genus in the orchid trade and are a staple among orchid collectors worldwide. Affectionately referred to as the Moth Orchid, the Phalaenopsis is noted for its broad, elegant petals and lavish colors. Along with stunning appearance, this orchid is fairly easy to care for, making it that much more appealing.
These epiphytes prefer shaded, moist climates, with a moderate variation in temperature (about 7 to 10 degrees Celsius between night and day), however, the plants become more sensitive to cooler temperatures when they begin budding. Under proper conditions in the home, a Phalaenopsis bloom will last about three months. Once the flowers have fallen, the stem should be cut in the middle, to promote rapid growth and possibly a second blooming session.
Ideal growing conditions would involve placing the plant in an eastern facing window, so it is exposed to the soft, morning sunlight, in contrast to direct sun, which would likely burn the leaves. In order to keep the humidity and moisture of the plant consistent, watering increases to twice a week during the dry season (typically from mid-December until mid-April), as opposed to once a week during the wet season. Year-round feeding with the ratio of only one teaspoon of high nitrogen fertilizer per gallon of water is also beneficial for the health and growth of the plant, while over-feeding can be toxic. Repotting should occur every other year. As Phalaenopsis grow vertically without spreading, only the medium needs to be changed and the plant can be placed back in the same sized pot. This is also an appropriate time to trim dead and unhealthy roots and dead or dying leaves, to allow for new growth.
Here at APROVACA, the Phalaenopsis is the only orchid that we cultivate for sale, as it is a foreign species to Panama and not facing any current danger of extinction. Each plant costs $20 and all proceeds go towards the sustenance of our orchid conservation projects, the development of our facilities and other expenses. This luscious orchid makes for a stunning decorative style in hotel lobbies, living rooms and office areas, and is a lovely anniversary or thank-you gift. Come enjoy our beautiful selection of hand-cultivated Phalaenopsis and purchase one today for your next special occasion!