Phalaenopsis - PlantPhalaenopsis Chian Xen Pearl
This famous tropical orchid is the star of any home display!
The newest of new hybrids! The flowers are really attention seekers with their lovely mottled markings! This is an elegant orchid from tropical Asia with flowers shaped like butterfly wings. It can flower for as long as six months, after which a new flowering stem grows. This variety produces beautiful white with purple flowers. Grows well in the living room. Phalaenopsis is available all year round and comes with 2 spikes. Delivery height: approx. 60 cm.Show more
Show moreFor best results it is better to pot up from the nursery pot to a roomier, clay pot. Fill with a coarse potting compost or special orchid potting bark and add gravel at the bottom of the pot. Water immediately after planting. Pot the orchid up once every 5 years.
Show moreThe butterfly orchid is best placed on a sunny windowsill during the winter months. However, in the summer months this plant is grateful for shelter from the strong afternoon sun. Water the plant every week but do not leave water in the pot or in the saucer. The plant has fleshy roots that take in both air and water. Phalaenopsis can flower on an old flower spike - cut the branch off at the first node on the fading flower spike (a very small leaf, starting from the base of the plant). A new spray of flowers will soon grow from the dormant bud and your plant will continue flowering for a while! Sometimes a small plant grows on the main flower spike – these can be left to grow until they are about 10 cm, then carefully remove the new plant from the spike and pot them up.
Butterfly Orchid's dormant periodThe butterfly orchid in its natural habitat has a dormant period during the dry months of October and November. This variety will probably not need so long a dormant period, due to hybridisation, but may need to rest in the winter so, best if you move it to a cooler room - as long as it's not flowering.
For the next 6 weeks give little or no water after which it can return to the warm living room. If the plant is still flowering or forming new flower spikes it can be left in the living room as it is quite at home there and evidently doesn't need to be rested.
Show moreThis botanical Phalaenopsis is a native of the tropical regions of South East Asia where it grown on trees (epiphytic) and rocks, so always in the sun. The plant grows aerial roots that provide it with sufficient nutrients - these are of course now in the pot so do allow the potting medium to dry out between waterings. Phalaenopsis is from the ancient Greek and literally translated means: like a butterfly. Really rather fitting.Phalaenopsis one of the orchid family and the orchid family (Orchidaceae) is a very exciting family to belong to. Orchids often try to resemble certain female insects in order to attract male insects of that particular type and have them mate on their flowers. This false mating is simply used as a way to distribute the pollen on the stamens, and this then forms seed. This imitating of female insects can go really far as not just the shape of the flower but even the production of certain pheromones (a fast dissipating scent that can influence sexual behaviours) is used by the flowers to attract the males.