Orchid, Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis bellina)


Orchid, Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis bellina)

Features

This lovely orchid originates high in the tree tops of Malaysia and Borneo. It produces a rosette of overlapping leaves and intensely fragrant flowers. After flowers fade do not remove the stem; as long as the stem is green it may produce more blooms.

Uses

Grows very well attached to cork or bark hanging from a wall near a window or outdoors on the wall of a partly shaded deck, porch, or balcony. Perfect for growing in a fibrous basket with good air circulation.

Plant Feed

Fertilize regularly for best display.

Watering

Water freely during active growth.

Soil

Orchid bark mix.

Basic Care Summary

Keep away from drafts. Water freely during active growth. Mist frequently. Repot every two years for best results.

Planting Instructions

If the plant was purchased in a pot, then it is probably already in a quality potting soil and requires little more than watering and grooming for a while.

If potting a flowering plant to bring indoors or to give as a gift plant, start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in bright location for best performance.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Watering Instructions

Most potted flowering plants prefer consistently moist but well-drained soil. If the soil gets too dry the blooms can wilt and they may not recover. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Fertilizing Instructions

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. Follow the product directions for proper timing and application rates.

Pruning Instructions

Remove the flowers as they fade. This keeps the plant looking tidy and may encourage more blooms depending on the type of plant. After flowering many blooming plants make attractive houseplants. Be sure to trim the foliage to maintain the desired size and shape. Occasional trimming encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Some plants will re-bloom on their own, but others may have very specific day-length or temperature requirements to flower again. A bit of research may be necessary to determine what is needed to encourage future blooming. Some plants, such as bulbs or perennials, can be turned into wonderful garden additions after the flowers have been enjoyed indoors.

Plant Details

Available Colors: Greenish white with purple
Bloom Time: Summer to Autumn
Height Range: 10-12" (25-30cm)
Space Range: 12-15" (30-38cm)
Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C)
Plant Light: Bright Light
Companion Plants: African Violet, Fern, Pothos
USDA Zone: 11-12

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Orchid, Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis bellina)