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Phalaenopsis orchids care

In the orchid world, phalaenopsis is the king. The beauty and low long vas life have made it expensive. Think how much you can earn from phalaenopsis orchid cultivation if you are a grower. If not how much value it will be added to your garden or home? Anyway, we need to know about the phalaenopsis plant and how to care about it. So let’s learn. 
  

Phalaenopsis orchid is an epiphytic plant and consisted with fleshy leaves and a single bud. Flowers seem like moths. Normally 10-12 flowers can be seen in one inflorescence. The long vas life and beauty have raised their value. Better to make cut flowers and pot plant. Let’s see the favorable conditions.

Light

Sunlight is very important for any of the plants to grow well. It is good if can supply a uniform light condition throughout the day. Normally, the phalaenopsis plant required a light between 30%-40%. The light condition can be controlled by using a net. Don’t exposure to the heavy sunlight, it will be damage to the leaves and flower. Low light conditions are reduced the plant growth and color development of the flowers.


Temperature

Temperature is another important factor in phalaenopsis care. Our main target is making flowers. If we cannot give optimum temperature conditions, it is impossible to have flowers. Therefore, daytime temperature should be between 25 - 30 oC. High temperature and humidity increase the growth rate of the plant. The secret behind the blooming is the low temperature at night time. It should be between 13 - 15 oC.


Humidity

60% - 80% humidity is preferred for phalaenopsis plant. When humidity is reduced, the transpiration rate is increased. So plants become to dry. Therefore in dry seasons, humidity should be kept in the proper level. Need to spray water on the plant and to space.

Watering

should be used water without chlorine. It is better to spray water. Get wet all the plant and the airspace well. It is better to add water in morning and evening. Don’t add water in the night time. It may result in rotten leaves.


Fertilization

Liquid fertilizer is better to add. Use an N: P: K: (20.20.20) 5 grams mixture for one litter of water. It is enough to add fertilizer one time for two days. Use a good sunny day to add fertilizer. Organic liquid fertilizer is also good for adding once a week. 


Potting
Phalaenopsis Growing media
Phalaenopsis Growing Media



You can use clay or plastic pots for this. It depends on you use a decorative pot then plant get a nice look. Potting media should consist of charcoal, bricks or tile pieces and meevana bark pieces / Tree fern “Dicksonia Antarctica or coir. In additionally you can use cemented rigid foam or timber pieces to plant them. 

Pest and Diseases Control


These are the most common pest and diseases in Phalaenopsis orchid.so let’s look at them. See here for previous article “orchid pest and diseases 

Bacterial Blight


This is affected by different parts of the plant. First, you can see soft, wet marks on the plant. Then they are turned to brown color and you can feel a bad smell. To control remove the infected parts and keep up the sanitation conditions and control the water. Can be used a “Cu” based fungicide to stop the spreading of the disease.

Mites Damage

very small organisms. Soft-bodied insects which fed on the underside of the leaves. Spider mites are red, orange, and even whitish in color. The symptoms of injury can be identified as flecking, discoloration (bronzing) and scorching of leaves. Incidence can be controlled by spraying of 80% Sulpher, Abamectin, Hexythiazox.


Caterpillar Damage


They eat leaves completely. In additionally attract on flowers and buds. Use a pesticide to control them.


Ten Points to Phalaenopsis Orchid Care


  • always use plants without diseases
  • Use a recommended nursery to buy them
  • Use pest and disease resistant varieties.
  • Before introducing a new plant to your garden keep it for a month along. If seems symptoms you can treat it. It is good to stop the disease from spreading
  • Keep the sanitation
  • Check the plant every day for pest and diseases
  • Prevent the diseases by controlling aeration, watering, and humidity
  • Give enough water and fertilizer for them
  • If you have a nursery makes it a prohibited area for others.
  • Use chemicals as a final decision

The secret to having a Bonus Inflorescence 
Phalaenopsis new inflorescent

After emerging an inflorescence, the flowers are fallen in 2-3 weeks. This is a nice finding of mine to get another one very soon. You just need to cut off the stalk before a selected internode in the stalk like in the picture. Then new inflorescence is growing like this. This is only for phalaenopsis.

Phalaenopsis new inflorescent
Growing of New Inflorescence 

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