Care for Moth OrchidsCare for Moth Orchids

A little TLC’s all that’s needed to keep them blooming

Care for Moth Orchids

by Garden News |

Moth orchids (phalaenopsis) are one of the most popular plants that we grow in our homes. As a result of their popularity lots of new hybrids have been introduced by large commercial growers and these have been selected for their flowering ability.

In good conditions moth orchids should flower for at least three months, but it’s not unusual for them to carry on flowering for much longer. To grow well they need a light position out of direct sunlight. An east or west facing windowsill is ideal, but they’ll also be fine in a north facing window. They also need warmth, but not too hot. Average room temperature is fine.

Water in the sink and give excess water time to drain through the compost before placing the plant back in its pot holder.

When the last flowers fade, trim the old stem down to just above one of the swollen nodes to encourage side shoots and more flowers.

In winter, stand the plants in good light and occasionally wipe the glossy leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust.

As the plant starts to produce new flowering stems from the nodes, carefully support the stems with thin canes.

Correct watering is essential and sadly, more moth orchids are killed by over-watering than under watering! Watering once a week is all they need and always allow excess water to drain through the pot before placing the plant back in its decorative pot-holder. If the roots sit in water they very quickly rot and the plant will collapse.

With just a little care it’s easy to get the plants back into flower. As the last of the flowers fade, cut back the flowering stem to a lower node,

carry on watering and feeding with orchid fertiliser and after a few months a new flower stem will develop.

Top Tips

Water in the sink and give excess water time to drain through the compost before placing the plant back in its pot holder.

Care for Moth Orchids

When the last flowers fade, trim the old stem down to just above one of the swollen nodes to encourage side shoots and more flowers.

Care for Moth Orchids

In winter, stand the plants in good light and occasionally wipe the glossy leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust.

Care for Moth Orchids

As the plant starts to produce new flowering stems from the nodes, carefully support the stems with thin canes.

Care for Moth Orchids
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