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Moth Orchid in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Phalaenopsis

 

Moth Orchid

The Moth Orchid is one of the most common orchid plants. The species has many different varieties and the flower can come in any shape, size and colour depending the variety. They sport striking moth-like flowers which give the plants the common name of Moth Orchids. They grow well in centrally heated rooms and have long-lasting flowers produced all year round.

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plant Features
  • Moth Orchid likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Moth Orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Moth Orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Moth Orchid likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Moth Orchid

Latin name

Phalaenopsis

type

Epiphyte

family

Orchidaceae

ph

6.2 - 6.7 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Moth Orchid likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Moth Orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Moth Orchid likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Moth Orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Moth Orchid is 0.50meters x 0.50meters 0.50 M 0.50 M

Phalaenopsis

The Moth Orchid is one of the most common orchid plants. The species has many different varieties and the flower can come in any shape, size and colour depending the variety. They sport striking moth-like flowers which give the plants the common name of Moth Orchids. They grow well in centrally heated rooms and have long-lasting flowers produced all year round.


Flowering

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Phalaenopsis produces flowers that last about three months (sometimes even longer) at any time of the year. Once the flowers have faded, cut the flowering stalk back to just above the second node (joint) visible beneath the spent flowers. A new flowering side shoot may develop.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Sometimes small plantlets (keiki) appear from the nodes on the flower stems. Detach the plantlets when they have developed several good roots and pot them up in orchid compost. Water them sparingly at first, but mist them daily. Always use a proprietary orchid compost. Ensure good light levels in winter, as these are essential to encourage flowering. An east or west-facing window would be ideal. Move to a shadier spot in summer and protect from direct sunshine.

 
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