Flowers & Fancies

Flowers & Fancies

Posted by Heather Evans on June 19, 2017 | Last Updated: May 23, 2022 Flowers

Orchid E L E G A N C E

Phalaenopsis orchids are simple and sophisticated. Available year-round as a plant, their beauty is undeniable. The large white blooms resemble a moth-like shape and take 2-6 months before they even begin to drop! Your orchid plant will re-bloom – so be patient when the blooms do finally die off! It is simple to revive your plant at home.. after it has flowered the first time, just cut the stem just above where the first flower bloomed, water as you normally would – a new flower stem should emerge within 2 months. If this cut turns brown, cut it off near the base of the plant where it emerged. With orchid plants, less is more. Most people make the mistake of watering too much!

If your plant isn’t as perky as it used to be – ask yourself the following:

Is the room too hot?

Is the light level too low?

Is the plant too wet – causing root rot (this is the most common cause)?

Are you using ice-cold water instead of room temperature?

Are you using too much fertilizer?

Are the plants being subjected to a cool draft?

Fortunately, there is almost always a reason that can be determined if your plant is not thriving at home. Phalaenopsis orchid plants enjoy a warmer climate. The ideal daytime temperature is 65 to 70 degrees. Since this temperature range is similar to homes, the phalaenopsis orchid makes an ideal house plant.