An elegant Cascade Phalaenopsis Orchid plant.
The Phalaenopsis Orchid makes an instant impact and is a great way for you to show a loved one how much you care.
Care- Keep the bark compost moist, but not wet, checking every few days and adding a little water when required. Tap water can be used, but soft water (eg rain water) is preferable if available, and the water should be tepid. Where possible, water over a sink and allow any excess water to drain out.
Food is available specifically for orchids- follow the manufacturer’s instructions, taking care not to over-feed. Remove any dying flowers when they are almost ready to fall off, without pulling hard.
Phalaenopsis orchids will flower for several weeks and often for 3 months or more. After flowering, cut back the stem part-way down, just above a node or ‘eye, while the stem is still green. New growth will start from this node and should produce some further flowers after 2-3 months. Alternatively, cut the spent stem off at base level and the plant should produce a completely new flowering stem several months later.
Position- Stand the orchid indoors in a light position, but not in harsh sun: a north-east, or west- facing windowsill is ideal. Maintain a temperature of between 18 and 25˚C (65-75 ˚F) and don’t trap behind closed curtains at night.