Flower of the Week: Phalaenopsis

The incredibly popular Phalaenopsis is our flower (or plant) of the week. Hugely popular because it can bloom for months on end and has the ability to re-flourish!

Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscoop
Phalaenopsis

Characteristics

The Phalaenopsis, also known as the moth orchid, comes in over 60 varieties. The versatile flower got its nickname (moth orchid) because of the striking resemblance between moths and the Phalaenopsis bloom. The colour of the flowers can be solid, spotted or striped in shades of white, pink, purple, yellow and green. This orchid variety has a long flowering period, which can be up to 3 or 4 months. In some cases there can be as many as 30 blooms on each flower spike. The plants can get up to 90 centimeters in height.

 

Origin

The Phalaenopsis is native to the tropical rainforests of Asia, New Guinea and Australia. Around 1700 the plant got introduced in Western Europe. The term “phalaenopsis” officially derives from the Greek terms “phalaina” and “opsis” meaning “moth-like”. In China they called the Phalaenopsis the butterfly orchid. Which seems more suiting, because of its beauty, than the Greek term.

Phalaenopsis Table Dance hybride
Phalaenopsis assortment

Symbolism

In ancient Greece it was thought that orchids were a symbol of virility. The Greeks were convinced that orchids with large tuberous roots symbolised a male child, while orchids with small tubers symbolised a female child. During the Victorian era people would collect and display orchids as a sign of luxury and a means to exhibit their refined taste.

 

Care

The Phalaenopsis is very easy to care of. In comparison to other orchid species they need less light. They bloom well at room temperature with enough humidity. You need to keep the roots moist, but don’t let them sit in water, because they are prone to rot. Remove the flower spikes just below the lowest bud after the first flowers fade, because they may re-flourish.

 

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