With graceful stems and colorful flowers that are diverse in color, pattern, shape and size, what’s not to love about orchids?
The popular Phalaenopsis orchid is without a doubt one of the most beautiful orchids and probably the easiest to grow in the home. More than forty species occur in nature throughout the Asiatic tropics with most coming from the Philippines.
A mature Phalaenopsis can be in bloom 8 to 10 months a year, producing two or more complete spikes per year. The spikes can carry thirty or more blooms, each lasting from 2 to 3 months. When the last flower has wilted, the spike can be cut back to about an inch above the second or third node (bump on the spike). A new lateral shoot will usually form from one of these nodes within a few weeks.
At Mahoney’s we take pride in our vast selection of these exotic beauties. We’ve got everything from traditional Phalaenopsis to much more unusual varieties from this amazing family of plants. They’re affordably priced so pick one up for the office or send one as a gift. Be sure to check out our informative care sheets, vibrant orchid pots, and fertilizer.
While light requirements vary depending on the variety, as a general rule most orchids prefer filtered to bright light. For long-term health, orchids do not do well in lowlight environments.
Orchid roots do not like to be confined. Orchid pots have holes to allow for the best air circulation and drainage for your plants. If you prefer a standard non-perforated pot, make sure the planting medium is extremely loose.
In their natural environments orchids grow in trees. When grown indoors, orchids prefer orchid bark and mixes instead of soil. This allows for proper air-circulation, water drainage, and root stimulation.
We recommend a water-soluble orchid specific food that is high in phosphorus to keep your orchids reblooming.