Phalaenopsis orchids are such popular houseplants, but to keep them blooming repeatedly can sometimes be a little bit of a challenge.
Last week, I met a lady who suggested that I shared tips on Flowerona on how to make the most out of these beautiful plants.
She said that whilst she seems to be able to make them flourish, her friends struggle to keep theirs blooming again and again.
So, here are my six top tips kindly given to me by Marks & Spencer:
Water your orchid when the bark is dry to the touch. In the summer, this will be about once a week. Reduce this is in the winter.
Make sure excess water doesn’t gather on the leaves. Gently dab away any water with a tissue.
When the flowers drop (after about eight weeks), cut the stem down to just above a node ( a small bump on the stem). This will stimulate new growth.
Keep your orchid on a north facing window sill while you wait for it to re-flower. You need to be patient at this stage as it can take a few months.
To check if your plant is healthy, the roots in the pot should be bright green. Never cut off the aerial roots.
As it’s a shade plant, never place your orchid in direct sunlight.
Phalaenopsis orchids come in a range of colours including white, red, yellow and pink.
Below is one of Marks & Spencer’s Single Phalaenopsis Orchids which you can buy via their website and they also have a large selection in-store.
So, if you’re looking for a long-lasting houseplant for your home or a gift for a friend, you may like to consider a phalaenopsis orchid. You’ll find lots of retailers now stock them, including florists and garden centres.
I hope you find the tips useful. Do let me know if you have any more…
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(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona, Marks & Spencer)