How to care for your Phalaenopsis
Temperature: The optimum temperature for Phalaenopsis is a room temperature between 18 and 25 ° C. Temperatures below 16 ° C inhibit plant growth and may lead to damage to the leaves and flowers.
Light: Phalaenopsis need plenty of light and should therefore be placed in a south or east-facing window during the dark winter months. In the summer, the plant should still be exposed to light, but not direct sunlight, so an east or west-facing window or on a table a little inside the room will be fine.
Watering: A Phalaenopsis must be watered around once a week. It must never stand water inside the pot, so the best way to water it is to take the plant out of the pot and hold it under the tap. Let warm water run through the pot until it feels wet. Let the plant drain and put it back into the pot. If you choose to water the plant while in the pot, let the plant absorb the water for 20 minutes and then pour the excess of water out the pot.
Fertilizer: Phalaenopsis do not require much fertilizer. However, you may supply common plant fertilizer in the water once a month to maintain good plant growth.
After Flowering: When the plant has finished flowering you can, if the stem still looks fresh, cut it over the second or third eye, like so the plant will flower again after a few weeks, it is recommended however to keep the plant at a cool temperature between 18 and 20 ° C. If the stem looks totally wilted we recommend to cut if off completely from the base, after a period of rest the plant will produce a new stem.
Repotting: You only need to repot a Phalaenopsis every two years, but if the plant has dehydrated leaves and these are “sad looking” or the plant roots look brownish and dry it would be a god idea to repot the plant. We recommend to buy real orchid media to repot, this media consist of pieces of bark and white moss or light sphagnum. This mixture is the best for orchids as it provides good airing to the roots and at the same time retains moisture in the pot. Do not use a pot that is much larger than the original pot, since too large pots easily become too wet and makes it difficult for the roots to develop.