The Phalaenopsis Orchid — care at home
The beauty of orchids is worth it to this plant to have at home.
But knowing the whimsical nature of a flower, a not at risk with it «contact».
For such novice gardeners selectors have grown undemanding variety is the Phalaenopsis Orchid.
She is so unassuming and friendly that to grow a plant on a windowsill will be a pleasure.
The Phalaenopsis Orchid – care at home
Lighting and location
The Phalaenopsis Orchid likes to «bathe in the rays of the sun. But still, better if this light will be scattered (especially in the hot summer days).
If you have the opportunity, for watch solar maximum (from 10-00 to 16-00) plant to better endure with the South window to other, less «hot». Otherwise, Windows should be equipped with diffusing blinds.
Our domestic light of day (even in summer), the tropical native is not enough.
So for Phalaenopsis in the home will have to do a supplementary lighting with fluorescent lamps.
Orchid «sleep» is no more than 10 hours a day. The rest of the time she needed lighting.
In natural life conditions orchids grow at fairly high temperature. So our hot summer for the plants is quite comfortable.
Here are just flowering Phalaenopsis may suspend, because the formation of buds need less hot temperature (approximately +20 ° C).
So the Orchid has bloomed, it is necessary to stimulate it drops in temperature. For this flower on the night stand in the summer on the balcony.
Or, if you have the room air conditioner, it regulates the temperature. Winter is not desirable to carry out the stimulation of flowering orchids, allowing the plant to stay in the resting stage.
Watering Phalaenopsis orchids and humidity
For orchids in the home is necessary to maintain optimal humidity. Although the Phalaenopsis tolerates nadovrazhnoe.
But an excess of moisture is harmful to any plant. Orchid in this case, it will not only cease to bloom, but it may get sick.
Watering should be carried out as the drying of the soil. This should be done carefully so as not to cover the growth point.
And even better – to pump water through the sump. In the hot season there have to constantly be wet clay.
Humidity is also an important point in the mode to care for a Phalaenopsis. The hotter and drier the air, the more often it is necessary to humidify.
Watering the plant itself is not recommended. But you can put near a humidifier or on a windowsill container with water.
Fertilizing Phalaenopsis orchids
Orchids are grown in special soil already has everything you need for
batteries. But to change it would have every 2-3 years.
This will be enough for normal plant development. However, if the Phalaenopsis is the stage of rest.
If the flower is «active» all year round, it will need additional fertilizing during budding.
But only need to use one that is designed specifically for orchids.