Orchid – Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant


Orchid plants are one of the largest plant species in the world with over 100,000 different varieties, but only small percentage are suitable for growing indoors. A phalaenopsis orchid plant, also known as the Moth Orchid, is one of the varieties that does quite well. There are about 45 species in the Phalaenopsis genus and most are native to India, southern China, and Southeast Asia. A phalaenopsis orchid is a type of epiphytic plant which means, in nature, it grows on the trunks and branches of trees. As a houseplant, and with proper care, a phalaenopsis orchid plant blooms again and again for many years. It has become very popular because unlike other orchid plants, it has no resting period and may flower several times throughout the year.

Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant Description

In nature a phalaenopsis orchid plant sends out aerial roots so it can cling to trees, so as a houseplant most of its roots are above the pot and grow outside the container. This is perfectly normal so don’t cut them off.  Tall flower stalks grow out of the leaf joints and produce 3″-6″ wide, flattened flowers. The exquisite flowers grow in a line on long arching stems and can be yellow, white, pink, lavender, purple, cream, spotted, or striped.  They often last 2-3 months. The large, leathery, green, succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." leaves, as much as 18” long, are elliptic in shape and grow directly from the roots.


Phalaenopsis Orchid plants are a beautiful, inexpensive replacement for a cut flower arrangement or just an added delight for any room in your home or office. Now that they are being mass produced in greenhouses throughout the world, they are fairly inexpensive and easily available.


Where Should I Prune an Orchid Plant Flower After It Has Faded?

Cut your Orchid Plant stem about an inch from where the flower stem originated on the main stem. Another pruning method is after the Orchid Plant has finished blooming, look for tiny bumps or nodes on the flower spike. Find the third from the bottom and cut the spike off 1″ above this node.

Why Are the Leaves of My Orchid Plant All Wrinkled?

Leaves on an Orchid Plant usually become wrinkled when the plant is very dry and needs water. Alternatively, or you may have over-watered your Orchid Plant causing the roots to die, and now the plant can no longer absorb water. If the pseudo-bulbs of your Orchid Plant that are above the soil are shriveled, give the plant more water. You can also carefully take the Orchid Plant out of its pot and check the soil to be sure it’s not soggy at the very bottom. Orchid Plants do not like wet feet! Orchid Plant roots are healthy if they are greenish white and plump.

Why Does My Orchid Plant Produce Lots of Leaves but No Orchid Flowers? How Do I Get an Orchid Plant to Bloom?

One of the main reasons an Orchid Plant doesn’t bloom is insufficient light. Start by moving your Orchid Plant to a brighter location. The leaves of an Orchid Plant should be a light to medium green color. Dark green leaves means an Orchid Plant needs more light. Orchid Plants also need a resting period for a month or so in a low light. cool area. While your Orchid Plant is resting, allow the soil to practically dry out before watering. This resting period helps an Orchid Plant go through the proper growth cycle. After about a month or two, move the Orchid Plant back to its previous spot in your home. Be sure to fertilize an Orchid Plant once it starts producing new leaves.

Why So the Buds on My Orchid Plant Fall Off Before Developing Into Flowers?

There are several things that cause bud drop on Orchid Houseplants. The first thing is check the moisture in the soil to see if you may be giving your Orchid Plant too much or too little water. The temperature of the location where the Orchid plant sits may be too hot or too cold. Try to keep the temperature above 55 degrees but below 80 degrees. Avoid placing an Orchid Plant near air conditioners and heaters and try not to move an Orchid Plant too often.

How Long Does an Orchid Plant Bloom?

The amount of time an Orchid Plant blooms depends upon the species of orchid plant. A Phaleonopsis Orchid can bloom for 1-4 months while a Cattleya Orchid blooms for 1-4 weeks.