Not to be confused with the Phaleanopsis Orchids you see for sale in most supermarkets, these days. Though, I have a bunch of those beauties, too. ;)
|Phalaenopsis (Butterfly) Orchids|
And, may I just say? She was absolutely worth the effort!
She hangs in my kitchen window, above the sink, stretching her little stems toward the sunlight, on the other side of the curtain.
Every Orchid on the planet requires great drainage. They're heavenly beauties ~ in the wild, they grow high up in the tree canopies, far above the damp, damp ground.
To properly water a Phalaenopsis Orchid ~ soak her roots for 30 minutes once a week.
Be twice as nice to this little cutie. Dendrobiums need more water. She gets a 30 minute soaking twice a week. Which is what she's doing in the picture below... soaking, on my kitchen counter, in a stir fry skillet.
Curious as to the significance of the stir fry skillet? What secret powers does this pan possess?
Well it just so happens.... That was the only clean pan left in the house. :)
- Dilute 1 tablespoon fertilizer into the water while soaking. Orchid growing mediums are very low nutrient - fertilizer gives them a little boost for re-blooming.
- Have you seen that ad campaign claiming all you need to do is put an ice cube on your Orchid to water it? Don't fall for that nonsense.
- Home Depot orchids don't do so great because their supplier pots their orchids in moss, which keeps the roots too damp. Bark medium is better.