Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:46
gosh - hadn't realised phalenopsis were so complicated - it is the one plant my son manages to maintain healthily whilst I am out of the country for a month at a time.
His recipe for success?... and I have five which have been flowering over the last five years:
They like to be light but not in direct sunlight.
Once a week a pops them in a large washing up bowl - waters from the top with tap water and leaves to stand in the bowl for about one hour. Then lifts out, drains off exessive water and pops back in their pot-holders taking care to leave the surface roots exposed to the air.
That's it. They are all flourishig and poroduce new flower spikes regularly.
ps: the ones you buy in Ikea for £5.99 do just as well as any of the others!