Sun and light
A phalaenopsis is a shade plant. This plant grows in the nature under the leave of other plants or under the trees. So the phalaenopsis is not used to get much sunlight on its leaves. A logical consequence is that the plant produces less stomata so that the plant removes less moisture. The less water a plant can removes, the warmer the plant become. When you put the plant in the sun, the chance is very big that the leaves will burn. Then you will see light white spots on the top of the leaves. To avoid this, it is wise not to put the plant in the full sun. But do place the plant in the light. Light is together with water and oxygen very important for the growth an flowering of the plant. Therefore place the plant in the winter on the south side of your room and in the summer on the north side of your room.
All phalaenopsis plants have a transparent pot. This is unique and it has a great advantage, because you can very well determinate whether a plants needs water or not. By most other plants you feel with in the soil to determinate how much moisture the plant still has at his disposal. By a phalaenopsis you can simply see it with your eyes. As you can see, the pot is filled with soil and roots. The color of this roots is definable. When the roots are grey/white, means that the plant needs directly water. When the roots are green, means that the plant has enough moisture at his disposal. This method is very easy. An important fact: the more flowers a plant has, the sooner he needs water. Now you can decide by looking at the roots when the plant needs water. Fill the sink with 5 till 10 centimeter water and place the plant with the transparent pot in the sink, pour also water from above into the pot, so that the plant get the opportunity to absorb everything in the roots. After this let the plant drain below and then put the plant back in the vase. Now he has enough for a few days. Once in a month you can give the plant fertilizer for orchids, but it is not necessary, because we deliver the plants with enough fertilizer in the soil. When you have the plant longer than an half year or a year, than it’s important for the growth and flowering to give them fertilizer for orchids. Be careful and give the plant not too much water so that the roots stand constantly in the water because this is very bad for the plant.
- White = Water
- Green = Okay
The plant is intended for decoration and not for consumption.
The phalaenopsis is houseplant. The ideal temperature for the plant is 20°C. temperatures above 25°C and below 15°C should therefore be avoided wherever possible.
Transport from the nursery garden to the store
When you drop a phalaenopsis in the dark, he will lose moisture. The reason for this is that the phalaenopsis is used to put his stomata especially at night wide open. This means that during the transportation from the nursery garden to the store the stomata are longer wide open than normal. The transportation is mostly by truck, and inside a truck it’s generally dark. Therefore it is very important to compensate on time this loss of moisture and give the plants enough water. The same applies for the situation when a phalaenopsis is standing for a long time on a full car. The plant will also experience this as dark and therefore lose more moisture. A phalaenopsis is used to live between other plants in the rainforest. On this place he is well protected against wind and other differences in the weather. When the plants goes in and out the truck, the plant can has to deal with big temperature differences and extra airflows. Because the phalaenopsis is not used to this big differences in the weather, the chance that the plant will stress is bigger. Hereby the plant shall lose more moisture. The result can be that a few buds will die away. So try to avoid this airflows and protect the plant extra.
Transport from the store to home
Make sure the plants goes through a minimum temperature differences. These temperature differences have an effect on the evaporation system of the plant. The more the temperature changes, the more the evaporation system of the plant changes. The phalaenopsis is a slow crop, therefore he cannot react quickly. By too much fluctuations in the temperature the plant can have stress. This is called evaporation stress. Hereby is there a shortage of water supply to the buds. The result can be that the buds will die away.
- If you have several orchids in a larger pail together make sure that each plant is separated from each other when want them to give some water.
- Check the color of the roots regularly, because it prolongs the life of the Phalaenopsis.
- During the winter when it freezes the humidity can drop to 20% in the house. Than you have to be extra vigilant with water, because the buttons can quickly dry out. When the flowers are already in bloom, then it's usually not too bad.