HOW TO GROW PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS
North of England Orchid Society - An introduction to Phalaenopsis orchid culture...
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Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.
New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.
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Each year we hold one of the largest orchid shows to be seen in the North of England, in the wonderful surroundings of Historic Tatton Park Cheshire.
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Phalaenopsis come in many different sizes and colours striped spotted mottled blotched plain white or a combination, flower and plant size vary depending on the parentage.
They make excellent house plants, but don't forget to make certain that the temperature at night stays above 58deg. f or the plant will suffer.
The leaves as fleshy and rounded, sometimes
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When flowering has finished, or ideally has
one or two flowers left, you can trim off the
spike to around 1 inch from just above the first
node on the main spike stem, that will be
somewhere below where the first flower appeared,
and is a little bump covered by a small
My Phalaenopsis has small
plantlets growing on the flower spike !
Avoid using cold water and don't allow water to remain in the crown of the plants for more than a couple of hours as it can induce rotting. Give a quarter strength fertiliser once a month.
Clear pots are ideal for these plants, the roots seem to benefit from the light, and you can also see any root problem developing before its to late. Use a coarse bark mixture with added charcoal, perlite (and sphagnum moss, or horticultural sponge, if in quick drying conditions). The roots often grow outside the pot, but this is quite natural and indicates that you are doing things right!
Repot after flowering. Don't over pot; wash the old compost from the roots before working the new compost gently and firmly around the roots.