Phalaenopsis 'Rio Grande' - Plant

Phalaenopsis amabilis 'Rio Grande'
Phalaenopsis 'Rio Grande'

A stunning large-flowered orchid!

A deep purple Phalaenopsis 'Rio Grande' (moth orchid) with a paler edging to the petals. This ebullient orchid makes things so festive in your home. Lovely on a large table or sideboard. Consider ordering several moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) 'Rio Grande' to create an even bigger show in your home.
You will receive a plant in a nursery pot with 2 fully grown flower stems already in bud.
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£ 19.95

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  • Planting
  • For best results, remove the plant from the cultivation pot and plant it in a larger, decorative 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.
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  • Care
  • The 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 standing in the pot or in the saucer. The plant has thick 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.
    Dormant period
    The butterfly orchid in its natural habitat has a dormant period during the dry months in 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.
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  • Specifics
  • This 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 on 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 mean: like a butterfly. Quite fitting really.
    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.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Phalaenopsis amabilis 'Rio Grande'
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 100% Growth and Flowering guarantee
    Color Purple
    Light preference full sun ,  partial sun
    Scented not scented
    Flowers for cutting no
    Growing height60 - 75 cm
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