Double stemmed Orchid
All plants can be sold seperatley.
Double stemmed Orchid R200 + Small white pot R70 = R270
As one of the first orchid species to be described over 250 years ago, the Phalaenopsis has not always been known as such. Over two centuries the orchid has continued to mesmerise its founders and admirers with its large swollen petals spread wide giving rise to a long history of differing naming conventions but all with one common notion – its moth-like appearance.
Phalaenopsis enjoy low light and must be protected from direct, unfiltered sun. A brightly lit room out of direct sun is recommended. If your plant does not want to re-flower, you might have to increase the amount of light it receives.
Leave color is a good indicator whether your plant is getting sufficient light – it should be olive green. Red tinged leaves or yellow green leaves - too much light and dark green leaves to little light.
Water is especially critical for Phalaenopsis as their leaves are the main water-storage organs. A good tip is to keep the roots just damp but the leaves as dry as possible. This means thoroughly water the plant and let the mix nearly dry out before watering again. After watering, leaves should dry off as quickly as possible by placing plants in a breezy spot for an hour or two after watering. Excess water in the crown of the plant where the leaves join can be removed with tissue which will help prevent rot.
Phalaenopsis must be considered as an indoor plant in South Africa needing relatively stable temperatures, which fall almost perfectly within the comfort zone you enjoy inside your house.
A minimum temperature of 12 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius is optimal, however plants will tolerate temperatures down to 5 degrees Celsius and high day temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius for short periods. Please remember that temperatures close to windows on a windowsill will be colder or hotter than your general house temperature.
Phalaenopsis require medium to high humidity, not just to grow well but also for the flowers to last and not to have bud drop. To help improve humidity, place plant on a saucer of gravel, wet the gravel but be sure the base of the pot is above the water level. Evaporation of the water as the temperature rises will help increase humidity. Misting plants will also help. A word of caution – air conditioners will dry out the air in the room which will lower the humidity which will dry out the plant and shorten the life of the flowers.
When flowers have withered, cut the flower stem off just about 3~5 cm from the body.
Foliar feed fertilizer is recommended for optimal growth and flowering. Follow instructions according to flowering and growing cycle of your plant. Phalaenopsis are very rewarding plants to grow and flowers last up to 12 weeks.
Your potting mix as well as the weather and season will determine how often you water your plant, sphagnum moss has a much greater capacity to retain water than bark and fine coconut peat tends to stay damp very long because of the particle size of the mix.
Pests and diseases include Mealy bug and fugal as well as bacterial rot. For advise contact our nearest orchid shop or orchid society.