Uncontested Beauty (and no one will know how easy it was to grow!)
The Phalaenopsis encompasses all the beauty and sophistication of the magnificent Orchid without complications.
While orchids tend to have a reputation for being challenging to grow, and high-maintenance – this variety is different. It is known as one of the EASIEST orchids to grow!
Choose From Our 3 Unique Colors
There are few flowers that can come close to the delicate colors and soft blooms of the Orchid Phalaenopsis. This season, we're offering 3 varieties that you're sure to love. Hover over the buttons above to view each of these splendid options.
Easy to Grow at Home
The Phalaenopsis has become the most popular orchid for home growers because of its ease of ownership. This orchid doesn't require a lot of sunlight, and will do well in an East-facing window sill for morning light. If a South or West window is preferable, simply use a sheer curtain to shield it from too much sunlight. During the colder months (December through February) you can provide a bit more light exposure, but don't over-do it.
A Flower That Thrives in Winter!
This is an interesting plant – All Year Long. If you have a passion for watching the transformation of plants through the four seasons, you'll never be bored with this fascinating flower. It is constantly up to something! You'll see new leaves in the summer, spikes in the fall, and beautiful blooms from winter into late spring.
You'll Get Repeat Flowers
You'll receive a large amount of flowers several times a year. Also known as the 'moth orchid', Phalaenopsis are one of the longest blooming of the orchids. Their flowers could last for 2-6 months before they drop. Once mature, they could bloom 2 or more times over the course of the year as well!
Makes a Beautiful Gift – We Offer FAST & Safe Shipping
When you order one of these orchids as a gift, the recipient will appreciate the classy presentation upon its arrival. It will be delivered in pristine condition due to our careful measures to safeguard it during shipping. Our process of double boxing ensures stability and prevents it from shifting; and a hairnet protects the blooms themselves during transport.
Planting and Care
Simple to Grow Indoors
Phalaenopsis Orchids require the same temperature levels that typically match the comfort level we desire inside our homes. Their ideal temperature range is between 62-65oF at night and 70-80oF during the day. With this being the most common day/night range of temperatures in homes, they are most commonly grown in containers, as a houseplant.
Phalaenopsis Orchids do not like alkaline soil environments. Even when watering, you want to avoid water that has been softened by a water softener, and if possible, use rain water, distilled water, or water that has been filtered to minimize the amount of chlorine and resulting salt accumulation in the media.
Select a top-quality potting soil that is specifically blended for orchids. They need soil that breathes and does not become waterlogged. Phalaenopsis are classified as epiphytes (air plants); a good point to remember while you ask them to persist in the confines of a pot or container. If you're placing yours in a container that's greater than 5”, use a medium grade orchid bark mix. For smaller Phalaenopsis, use sphagnum peat moss.
Phalaenopsis Orchid plants should be repotted in new soil each year, during spring or fall, when temperatures are on the mild side; minimizing the chance for shock to your orchid. As you'll see in the watering section, Phalaenopsis Orchids are watered frequently, so renovating the potting soil annually is perhaps the most important single activity you can do to ensure longevity. We also recommend that you do not repot your orchid when in bloom.
Orchids will often come packed tightly in peat to prevent drying out during shipping. When potting into a new media, transition to the new environment gradually so as to not stress the plant. (eg: going from packed peat moss to a bark mix made for larger plants is not advised.. transition using a fluffy sphagnum and let the orchid become established, then graduate the mix for larger plants once it's well established)
If the container you received your orchid in does not have drainage holes, repot it in one that does as air flow is crucial.
It's best to water your Phalaenopsis Orchid in the morning. Watering in the evening or at night will create a more humid environment on the undersides of the leaves which predisposes the foliage and roots to bacterial and fungal diseases. By watering in the morning, the moisture will evaporate and provide a moderate amount of humidity to the leaves and crown before nightfall. Never use water that has been softened by a water softener.
Phalaenopsis Orchids require watering every 4-7 days, and they should NEVER be allowed to stand in water. A general rule of thumb when determining if it needs water – just check the weight of the pot and if it feels light, it needs water. If it feels somewhat heavy, it probably has enough. Leaving the plant tag in the soil is also a good method, pulling it out of the soil and examining it for moisture; then adding water if its completely dry.
Phalaenopsis Orchids do not have pseudo bulbs or similar moisture storing organs. Therefore, maintaining a humidity level of 50-70% is ideal, but if you are watering as per recommendations above, there is probably enough humidity being provided from the evaporating soil water.
It is important to use a plant food specific to orchids. If the orchid is in a coarse aggregate like bark mulch, fertilize each time you water with a low concentration of fertilizer in the water, or a very light rate if in the granular form. A good guideline is to fertilize 'weakly', 'weekly'. Use a balanced, complete fertilizer, and follow label directions specific to orchids.
Care after Flowering:
To encourage flowering, cut the stem just above the node where the first flower bloomed. The next bloom should emerge from the top node within a couple months. If the spike turns brown or the flower doesn't respond, cut it off near the base of the plant from which it came.
When buds dry up and drop off the plant without opening, we call that bud blast. Here are some things to consider if you're experiencing bud blast;
• Is the temperature too high in the room? Is there a cool draft?
• Is there adequate light?
• Is the plant too wet or too dry? (root rot is the most common cause of bud blast)
• Are you using softened water or water that is too high in pH?
• Are you over fertilizing? (If the above factors do not apply, reduce your rate of fertilizing before reducing frequency)
• Is the plant exposed to harmful fumes? (Stain or paint fumes, carpet cleaner, etc.)
Each year, your Phalaenopsis Orchid will have a growth phase, and a flowering phase. Typically adding one or two leaves each year, their growth phase will complete in the fall, and a bloom spike will emerge, usually from the second or third leaf from the top. If you're in a home that is consistently warm through the growth phase, your orchid might need some encouragement to realize it is time for blooms, so exposing it to several cool nights in the 60's is advised. This will encourage the plant to send its bloom spike, followed by full bloom in late winter through the spring.
Don't be discouraged by a sudden drop of blooms as spring gives way to summer. This is normal for Phalaenopsis Orchid. It triggers the growth phase which will pay off with the bloom phase in the fall. Remember to repot them right after blooming. Younger orchids respond best to the fresh potting mix and their growth will reflect the new soil environment.
It all starts with a good root system for Phalaenopsis Orchids. The leaves can deceive you and look nice, but it's the roots that will encourage the re-bloom process so that you can enjoy their characteristic multiple blooming period. This is ensured by repotting each year to the highest quality orchid soil mix. More mature orchids can be repotted every other year if the media is of the highest quality and you're getting good movement of water through the container. Once the soil becomes 'tight', however, it's time to freshen the pot with some new material.
In general, Phalaenopsis Orchids are as easy as any houseplant to grow if you follow these basic recommendations and suggestions to maximize bloom set and root health.