Phalaenopsis Orchid, Moth Orchid

Orchids: Easy Care, Beautiful Blooms

The Phalaenopsis Orchid, also known as the Moth Orchid, is one of the sturdiest, longest flowering, and easy to care for orchid. The Moth Orchid’s nickname was derived because the flower looks like a moth in flight. These orchids are found naturally in tropical rainforests in Southern China, India, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, and Northen Australia.

Phalaenopsis Orchids are not parasitic plants, stealing water and nutrients from their host trees. They are epiphytic plants, anchoring themselves to tree branches by their thick gray roots. The orchids absorb moisture from their surroundings. Any dust and leaves that fall on their root zone are broken down and provide nutrients to the plants. Because Moth Orchids grow so easily in the wild, they are easy to grow in your home.

A good tip for selecting a Moth Orchid is to choose a plant with many unopened flower buds. This ensures enjoyment of many weeks of beautiful blooms in your home.  When the last flower has completed blooming, keep watering and fertilizing your orchid. It may push more flowers in a few weeks’ time.

Easy care tips:

  • Moth Orchids need bright light with NO direct sunlight.
  • If planted in a bark medium, water once a week.
  • If the orchid is planted in moss, water when the top layer feels dry to the touch.
  • Fertilize with a half dose of orchid fertilizer each time you water the plant.
  • If you forget fertilizer, just remember the next time.

If you are craving blooming orchids, Al’s Garden & Home’s houseplant department has a variety of colors and other unique orchid species to choose from. Once you experience the beauty of orchids and their ease of care, you’ll be a fan of having them in your home all year round!


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