Among all the different types of orchids, Phalaenopsis orchids are among the easiest to grow indoors. Given the right conditions and careful monitoring, they can produce beautiful flowers that last up to several months.
Below are instructions for growing Phalaenopsis orchids indoors:
- Set your Phalaenopsis orchid in a window that faces east or south, or any place in your home with bright indirect sunlight.
- The room where you place your orchid should have a minimum humidity level of 70%. Place the pot on a tray with a layer of wet gravel to maintain high humidity. Then, use a circulating fan set to the lowest setting to create gentle air movement in the room. (Be cautious to not put your orchid directly in front of the airflow)
- Make sure that the temperature in the room is between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
- Use a pine bark mix to pot your Phalaenopsis orchid. This potting medium can help the plant produce thick, firm, and healthy roots. The roots are very fragile, so you have to be careful not to break them when repotting.
- The orchid should be watered with just three ice cubes, once a week.
- Most fertilizers are effective in promoting growth, provided that you use them at low concentration. Fertilize once every four months.
- Remember to check your orchid once a week (maybe as you water) to detect pests. If you find any, you can use insecticides to get rid of them.
If you’re interested in more orchid growing tips, check out our Orchid Care Videos here.