HOW TO CARE FOR
Phalaenopsis Orchids produce spectacular long-lasting flowers that bloom for several weeks at a time. This elegant plant symbolizes luxury, beauty and strength; in Feng Shui it is thought to promote fertility.
Orchids are available in a myriad of colors from bright white to deep pink. Add sophistication to any room of your home with this beautiful stress-relieving plant.
When should I water my Orchid?
Water your Orchid sparingly every 10-14 days when the moss/bark mixture is completely dry. To see if your plant needs water, stick your finger about an inch down into the moss. If it feels dry, water. If the moss feels moist, do not water. If you are unsure, check again in a few days.
Never mist your foliage. Misting leaves causes fungal issues and disease. The only plants that are okay to mist are ferns and carnivorous plants.
Orchids prefer medium indirect light.
Phalaenopsis Orchids may grow flower stalks up to nineteen inches tall.
Orchids prefer a potting mix made from bark, sphagnum moss and other materials that help the plant retain water. Phalaenopsis orchids need plenty of air circulation around their root system, so they will not thrive in traditional soil mixes. A tight pot is also best.
TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY
Orchids prefer warm temperatures but adapt well to normal household temperatures. To induce flowering quickly, the plant prefers a few cooler nights, with temperatures around 55 degrees, to bloom.
Prune spent Orchid stems back to a node. Fertilize only when not in bloom. Once buds appear, stop fertilizing. Feeding when the plant is blooming speeds up the lifecycle of the flowers and makes them fall off faster. To help it grow optimally and evenly, occasionally dust the leaves, and rotate the pot by a ¼ turn once a month.
ARE ORCHIDS PET SAFE?
According to the ASPCA, Orchids are non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
Never let water sit in the center where the leaves meet. Yellow, mushy leaves are caused by overwatering.
The Benefits of Houseplants
(…and why we love them)
They purify & clean the air
Boost your mood, reducing stress & anxiety
Help you sleep better
Act as natural humidifiers
Enhance cognitive skills
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