Phalaenopsis orchids (also known as moth orchids) are among the most popular orchids kept as houseplants. They are readily available in many stores that carry plants and commonly given as gifts. With the proper care, you can enjoy watching your phalaenopsis orchid bloom for years, but to keep it thriving, you must repot it on […]
Finding pests on your orchids is never fun. Mealybugs, especially, are the last thing you want to see on your gorgeous plants. These tiny bugs can be incredibly difficult to get rid of and can quickly cause a lot of damage to your houseplants. Even though mealybugs are difficult to handle, seeing a mealybug on
Orchids have a reputation for being finicky houseplants. While somewhat picky, orchids do give clear signals when something is wrong. One of the easy signals to notice is wrinkled orchid leaves. No one wants to see wrinkled leaves on their orchids. Not only are wrinkled leaves less attractive than an orchid’s shiny, firm leaves, but
Phalaenopsis tetraspis was first identified in 1870. This warm-loving orchid is native to the Andaman Islands, the Nicobar Islands, and northwest Sumatra. Sometimes Phal. tetraspis is referred to as The Four Shield Phalaenopsis. While this species is not as showy as some other orchid species, it is popular among orchid collectors. The flowers are dainty
An orchid’s bright, shiny leaves are just as important to the orchid’s beauty as the flowers. Firm, green leaves are a sign of a healthy orchid. An unhealthy orchid’s leaves signal that there is a problem. Overwatered orchid leaves look “off.” If you notice drooping leaves or yellow leaves, you might be overwatering your orchid.
When you have an orchid that you love, it makes sense that you would want to get more. The good news is that it is very possible to propagate an orchid to create new orchids that are a clone of the original plant. Taking a cutting of an orchid stem works well for some types
For most plants, seeing roots growing out of the potting soil and in the air instead would be a cause for alarm. For some types of orchids, though, this behavior is perfectly normal. Air roots help keep your orchid healthy and allow the plant to have access to the air and nutrients that it needs
Looking to expand your orchid collection? You’re not alone. Lots of orchid owners find that after they get the hang of taking care of one or two orchids, they’re itching to have more! If you find yourself in this situation, you could always buy more orchids or you could try propagating the orchids you already
Orchids are incredibly popular houseplants. They have a reputation of being difficult to care for, but several types of orchids do well indoors without too much fuss. As orchids have become more common, it is easier than ever to find beautiful varieties of orchids. You can find some orchids for sale for almost the same
Phalaenopsis sanderiana, also known as Sander’s Phalaenopsis, originated in the Philippines. It produces cascading flowers that give it a classic look. This orchid variety is frequently crossed with other phalaenopsis to produce hybrids. In fact, if you find an unnamed phalaenopsis at a big-box store or garden center, it is likely to be a Phal.