The Phalaenopsis is one of the most common Orchid. They are beautiful, and fairly easy to keep. When I was out last week, I had decided to see my local garden center had as far as orchids go. The only variety that was there was the Moth Orchid. Even though this type of Orchid is common, they are so beautiful and make a wonderful addition to a home. One of the common names for the Phalaenopsis is the Moth Orchid. Now, let us learn how to care for the Moth Orchid.
The Moth, prefers moist soil. Whatever medium you plant your orchid in, let it get a little dry before you add more water. Every environment is different as well. Some house holds will have to water the orchid every 3-4 days, others will water every week. When first learning your Orchids, check them every few days to make sure that they have the water that they need. Another tip, take care not to over water your Orchids. Remember, Orchids prefer moist soil, not super wet.
Orchids are pretty easy going on light. Give them direct morning light or afternoon light. Try to avoid direct midday light. This is too strong, and will burn your Orchid. You can tell if your Orchid is getting enough light by the look and feel of the leafs. Orchid leaves should be a lively green, with out spots, or what looks like burn marks on the edges of the leaf. If you do have burn, reduce the light. If your leaves are turning a dark green, you should increase the light.
The Orchid will be in flower for about 3 months. You can get another 3 months after the orchid goes through the blooming stage by cutting the stem of the Orchid. You will want to cut the stem about an inch above the 3rd node from the bottom of the Orchid. This will help jump start the orchid and send it into another blooming process.
Each plant is a little bit different. Make sure you watch your Orchid, and give it the care that it needs. Also remember that you will need to re-pot the Orchid every two years. Give the orchid a little bigger pot, and nice new medium to grow in.
I hope this helps. The Moth Orchid really is a wonderful Orchid. You will love it in your home.
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