Phalaenopsis orchid vector
Phalaenopsis (Phalaenopsis) is an orchid in the cucurbita family. The name comes from the Greek: ‘phalaina’ means butterfly, ‘opsis’ means similar, as the flowers of some species actually resemble flying moths.
What if this orchid does not flower?
Usually we buy a new phalaenopsis when it is in flower, and if it is doing well, it may continue to flower for a few months. This orchid species needs little or no rest period, so it can start flowering again after a month or so. Therefore, non-flowering is a concern once the plant has been in the room for a long time. There may be various reasons for this, but the main ones are:
Overwatering. Falenopsis should be watered infrequently, the soil in the pot should be almost dry, but once you have watered it, be sure to keep it up, but make sure that any excess water is drained off, and do not leave the pot in the tray. This plant does not like its roots to get soaked, they quickly start to rot, it feels unwell and may not flower.
How many years can phalaenopsis survive ?
The Guinness World Record holder, which grew up in someone’s house, is estimated to be over 100 years old, but it is not clear whether they reach that age in the wild. They rarely survive more than a few decades in a room, because orchids are not adapted to our indoor conditions anyway, unless specialist orchid breeders create the right conditions for them: they grow them in an orchidarium, where they maintain the right temperature, humidity and light.
Can we keep them outdoors during the summer?
They do quite well outdoors in summer. They just don’t like direct sunlight, especially on the south side, or raindrops falling on their leaves. In autumn, when the temperature drops below +10 C at night, the “summerers” may be ready to come back inside. Just remember to take a good look at their leaves from all sides, as there may be some pests hiding there that you will infect other houseplants with: aphids, slugs, whiteflies etc.