Phalaenopsis Orchid Care

This was my orchid last winter

https://midwesternplants.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/wpid-20131203_170655.jpg?w=498&h=280This was actually my first orchid ever. I saved it from the Home Depot clearance shelf for $5 last year. I was blooming quite nicely (see above) when I purchased it. It most likely was on the sale shelf because the blooms fell off one by one after about two weeks.

I really didn’t have much knowledge of how to care for on of these guys. I knew they liked humidity, warmth and shade. I tried to provide these things. I use ice cubes to ‘water’ it once a week. I did move it to a lower shelf in my Southern window, where it gets bright, indirect light.

The only issue with it’s location was the dogs were able to knock it off the shelf countless times. This poor guy has had his pot shifted a few times. Maybe a bit of rough handling made it think death was eminent and produced a flower spike for me.

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These photos were taken every Saturday for four weeks.

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In the fifth week, POW Orchid flowers!

Β© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

21 thoughts on “Phalaenopsis Orchid Care

  1. I saved some orchids from the trashcan too as I visited our diy-store, sadly oly one survived and it looks like a goner now… I will give it a last chance, maybe it survives when I place it outside?

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  2. Lovely picture πŸ˜€ This year the same happened with me too, only my rose was almost leafless and I was scared πŸ™‚ Nice to see you got some beautiful colors , so did I πŸ˜€

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  3. It’s beautiful. I think it’s telling you that it’s grateful that you rescued the poor thing. I’ve never tried my hand at growing orchids. My house is too dim in just about every room and I have cats that would knock it down and maybe chew on the leaves.

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