Posted: 01/08/2013 at 17:28
Phaleonopsis orchids should never be watered by placing them in a bowl of water. Water can collect at the crown and if that is not dried off completely the orchid will get crown/root rot which is fatal if not treated immediately. The proper way to water Phaleonopsis is to pour water over the bark it is in taking care not to get any on the leaves. The water will run straight through. Repeat after about 5 minutes. Then let the pot stand in the sink so all the water drains away. The pot must not stand in water when it is put back because the roots will rot if it does. A good idea is to have it stand on terracotta balls with a little water that does not reach up to the bottom of the pot the Phaleonopsis is in. That increases the humidity which the orchid likes.