phalaenopsis hybrid orchid - Knowledgebase Question

wilmer, Al
Question by lisamike2269
May 14, 2009
I purchased a orchid,the flowers have gone but the bottom leaves are still green and healthy.The stalks that the flowers were on have turned brown and appear dead,should i cut them back and will new ones grow back out?I cant find any information on how to care for it correctly.The plant was at my grandmothers funeral and i just dont want it to be dead..What should i do with this plant...Thanks.

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2009


Phalaenopsis orchids are some of the easiest to grow orchids. When the flowers are spent cut the flower stalk down to about one inch above where it emerges from the plant. Your plant will bloom again, but it will take several months. Give your plant lots of bright light but no direct sunshine. Water it thoroughly about every 7-10 days and either mist the plant every day or increase the humdity around the plant by setting the container on a pebble filled tray in which you keep a little water. As the water evaporates it will increas humidity around the plant. You can feed your orchid with an orchid fertilizer in amounts and with the frequency as recommended on the label. Phalaenopsis orchids are realy easy to care for!

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