Unknown to a lot of people, growing moth orchids is quite easy. Phalaenopsis orchids is popular for its flowers that looks like moths. Actually, the good thing about this is that with a little research and a whole lot of practice, you too can grow these orchids like a pro.
What do you need to grow moth orchids?
Before jumping in and actually growing orchids, there are still a few things that you need to take care of.
1. Light source – Remember that orchids are like other plants. This means that they need sunlight. But don’t be confused, they need “indirect” sunlight to be exact. To check if your plant is getting just the right amount of light, you can try observing its leaves. Ideally, it should have a bright green colour. If it is dark green then it isn’t getting the right amount of light. On the other hand, if it is becoming yellowish, then you should get it out of the sun.
2. Temperature – The quality of moth orchids is that it is sensitive to temperature changes. But, it is more adaptable to higher temperatures than low. The ideal temperature for these plants is between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. But, as the plan is blooming, you should maintain the temperature at 70 degrees.
3. Water supply – The downside of these plants is that it can’t store water. The reason is that aside from their leaves this plant just uses the water without storing any. This means that you should choose the right potting medium for your plants. This will be the one that will hold the water and maintain the overall wellbeing of the plant. Also, you should keep in mind that depending on the potting mixture, you should water your plants regularly.
4. Humidity – This will also play a very important part in your journey to growing moth orchids. You see, moth orchids love humidity in the areas of 55 and 75 percent. So maintain it here because if you drop to below 50% then there is a chance that flowers may drop prematurely. As a remedy, you can use an air humidifier.
How to deal with pests?
Pests are problems most of the time. But you can treat this by wiping the leaves or flowers with a soft cloth soaked in soapy water.
Growing moth orchids is both fun and relaxing. So if you have some free time, then try it out. It won’t cost much and you will get total satisfaction.