Phalaenopsis Orchid

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Numerous elegant flowers gracefully wreathed over one or two arching stems resemble moths in flight, and give this orchid its name – the moth orchid. It is a plant which gives the home or office owner double delight. The first joy is to see the beautiful moth orchid for the first time, and the second is in the realisation that it is still flowering after up to three months.

Care instructions

Put in a little and get back a lot!
The moth orchid needs no special care, despite its movie star looks. Keep the plant in the see-through plastic container in which it is supplied. Notice that it grows in a special free-draining orchid medium, which looks like big bark chips.

Watering: 
Run water through the pot for one minute to wet the potting mix thoroughly. Avoid getting water on foliage. Do not water again until the potting mix is almost dry. This wet to dry process can be 3 to 10 days – depending on the season and the humidity. Moth orchids are supplied in clear plastic pots, so check the moisture levels visually. If you see moisture inside the pot – wait another day before watering. In most cases watering is once every 7 days.

Light: 
Bright but indirect sunlight is required to grow and to flower a phalaenopsis. Use leaf colour as a guide to measure if enough light is obtained by the plant. Leaf colour should be medium olive-green. Yellow or dark green usually indicates too much or too little light.

Ideal Indoor Temp: 
Phalaenopsis grows best with high humidity. Stand the plant on a tray filled with pebbles to help with catching run-off water after watering and to increase humidity. Keep the bottom of the plastic pot above water level.

Usage: 
Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Study, Office

Flowering Period: 
3 months from date of purchase

Availability: 
Year round

Special Points: 
Draughts – keep your moth orchid out of the breeze. A sure way to wilt the flowers is to place the plant in intense heat or windy conditions. Ideal temperature is 22 degrees Celcius, not below 15 degrees Celcius

Light:
Medium Light conditions (no direct sunlight), bright room

Suppliers Eastern Cape

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Red Leaf Nursery – Port Alfred
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Suppliers Free State

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Suppliers Gauteng

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Earth Outdoor Living – Fourways
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Cornwall Hill
Plantland – Crowthorne
Plantland – Krugersdorp
Plantland – Lombardy
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Plant Ranch – Centurion
Plant Ranch – Germiston
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi
GardenShop Broadacres
GardenShop Bryanston
GardenShop Flora Farm
GardenShop Menlo Park
GardenShop Parktown North

Suppliers KwaZulu-Natal

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Illovo Nursery – Kingsburgh
Jesmond Dene Nursery – Pietermaritzburg
Plant Nursery – Bluff

Suppliers Limpopo

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Garden Pavilion – Sterkloop
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Suppliers Mpumalanga

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Imbali Garden Centre – Lydenburg
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg

Suppliers North West

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Garden Pavilion – Geelhout
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Suppliers Western Cape

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Tulbagh Kwekery – Tulbagh
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

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