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Introduction: Phalaenopsis orchids are among the easiest and most rewarding orchids to grow. The plants adapt well to the environment of the home or office. From the time the first flower bud opens, the spray will remain in bloom for at least for 2 months
Lighting: For successful cultivation sufficient lighting is must. Windows facing east or lightly shaded south is the best location. Avoid direct sunlight and hot areas and to avoid foliage burn.
Temperature: Phalaenopsis thrives well under normal household temperatures. But ideal day temperature should be 24 to 29 OC and night temperature should be 16 to 18 OC.
Watering: Phalaenopsis orchids prefer to be kept on moist side. Over watering will result in yellow, damaged leaves. Phalaenopsis potted in bark should be watered twice in a week. Phalaenopsis orchid prefers humidity. Setting the plants on trays of gravel partially filled with water in such away that pot never sits in water gives good results.
Fertilizers: For best results, apply nutrients twice in a month. Use of water soluble fertilizer like N: P: K in the proportion of 1:1:1 (i.e. 20:20:20) @ 1 g/lit. of water twice a week is necessary.
Flowering: When the last flower drops, cut the flower spike halfway down the stem. After cutting the stem with a clean, sharp blade, seal the cut with melted candle wax to prevent bacterial infection. A re-bloom will occur if the orchid plant is properly cared for
Pests and diseases: In general, to keep the plants in a healthy condition follow the below schedule. Spray: Fungicide - Benomyl or Bavistin @ 1 g/lit. once in a fortnight. Pesticide - Endosulphon @ 2 ml/lit. once in a fortnight.
Chemicals to be avoided on phalaenopsis: Malathion, Parathion and Copper Oxychloride.