Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Phalaenopsis Orchid

I LOVE Orchids!


Phalaenopsis

are among the easiest and most rewarding orchids to grow. An American Orchid Society demographic survey showed that Phalaenopsis have become America~s favorite orchid. The plants adapt well to the environment of the home or office. From the time that the first flower bud opens, the sprays will remain in bloom for the next 2 to 3 months.

LIGHTING
Sufficient lighting is a must for successful cultivation. Phalaenopsis prefer either an east or a lightly shaded south facing window. West windows should be used with caution. Depending upon the location of the home, the west window may become very hot during the late spring through early fall. The foliage on your Phalaenopsis may burn.

TEMPERATURE
Phalaenopsis thrive under normal household temperatures. For the best results, provide nighttime temperatures between 60 to 65°F and daytime temperatures between 75 to 85°F.

WATERING
Depending upon the temperature, Phalaenopsis potted in bark should be watered about once or twice a week. During the summer, the plants may need to be watered every 4-5 days. The rule of thumb for watering should be as followed : More heat more water, less heat less water.

Phalaenopsis potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be watered less often, about every 7 to 10 days.

Phalaenopsis prefer to be kept on the moist side. This does not mean that they like to be left in standing water,however try to water the plants early in the day so that the foliage will be dry by nightfall. To prevent bacterial and fungal disease use Physan 20 once a month.

To learn more about Orchids, read here - you can buy them here too


Hi my friends,
I'm happy I could bring some sunshine to you with my beach scene post from yesterday. That's what my blog is for, to enjoy YOU with my pictures :))

Today we have a beautiful flower online - the Orchid. This one was the flower in the garden of my neighbor friend down in Key West. From her I've learned a lot about Orchids and I learned to LOVE these flowers and still do it today!
Aren't they beauties?

Susanne


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22 comments:

Frank said...

Wow, beautiful flowers.

Yvi said...

Hi Susanne!

Tolles Farbenspiel, wunderschöne Blüte!

LG
Yvi

Reggina said...

I love Orchids and I love PINK !
How are you Susanne? :)

Johnnny said...

The only thing better than a beautiful orchid is a beautiful picture of a beautiful orchid.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you very much, Frank :)

Susanne49 said...

Ja, sie sind wunderschoen in Form und Farbe, nicht wahr? Danke fuer den Kommentar, liebe Yvi. :)

Susanne49 said...

Hi Reggina,
nice to see you on my blog again. I'm fine so far... what about you:)

Thanks for visiting!

Susanne49 said...

Thanks for your kind comment, Johnny! Nice to see new faces visiting here. :)

Christina Rodrigues said...

I love Phalaenopsis'!!!
happy wednesday!

Vaggelis said...

simply amazing composition. excellent work my friend

Susanne49 said...

Thank you very much, Christina!

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Vaggelis, my friend from Greece!

Vigor said...

It's beautiful and I love the way you compose. thanks for sharing.

Susanne49 said...

Thanks Vigor :)

Bettina Johnson said...

I love the Orchids, but I have a hard time keeping them alive.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Bettina for visiting my blog :)

Carole said...

beautiful colours

Susanne49 said...

I'm glad you like it, Carol! :)

The Retired One said...

Wow!!!! What an amazing flower and a wonderful shot of it.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much, Joan!

Anna said...

Susanne okay you can start flower collection then too, lol. Excellent capture. Anna :)

Susanne49 said...

Yes, Flowers are my specialty, Anna. You have the birds and the flowers are mine ...LOL...

Thanks for visiting.

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