Moth orchid

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Key information

Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour

Rose, White, Purple, Pink





Skill level



Plant details

Moth orchids, Phalaenopsis, are epiphytic plants meaning that in the wild they grow on the surface of other plants, rather than in the soil. They bear delightful, pink, white or purple flowers. Phalaenopsis should be grown in a special bark medium rather than compost, and require a humid atmosphere and bright, filtered light to thrive. For best results, grow them in light, humid kitchens and bathrooms.

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Phalaenopsis

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Rose, White, Purple, Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Reader reviews

Flower bird

I love orchids. Being relatively new to gardening and exotic plants it took me quite a while to summon up the courage to buy an orchid. I now have a lovely little collection,. There were a few casualties along the way but I read up on them and now I have several of them coming back into flower again, a really thrilling experience, I must be doing something right!
I have them in my living room and have the pleasure of being able to enjoy them all the time.

Paul Richardson

After helping my landlord with some decorating, i had found an in a cupboard. It looked in a real sorry state. The flowers and flowers stem had died and the two 'main' green leaves looked bit sickly, pale green, slightly yellow, but the central leaf seems healthy. It is in a clear inner plastic pot with a ceramic outer pot.
I may have done this completely wrong [and any advise is welcome], i cleared the obvious dead foliage and emptied the plastic pot of plant and soil. Then trimmed the roots a little. The i part filled the pot with general compost with a little rooting compound, put in the orchid, then filled the pot with more compost, leaving space from the top of the pot. I'm using Baby Bio plant drip feeder. I have given it some water in the evening.It's in the [east facing]kitchen at the moment, out of direct sunlight. It's been nearly a week now since i've done this. [as with anything with nature, i know it takes time and patience].
Any advise if i'm doing anything wrong with it.

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