For those that have always wanted to buy a Phalaenopsis orchid you might think that the orchid is a delicate flower that requires special care and techniques in order to make it grow and thrive in a home or office setting. Looking at the orchid can be deceiving because it does indeed look delicate, but it is quite hardy in comparison to many other types of flowers that can be found in the United States.
When considering to buy a Phalaenopsis orchid plant, it is important to buy a plant that is green and healthy looking. The flowers on the plant should look healthy and vibrant and it is not uncommon for additional buds to be present on the plant that you are purchasing. The green stems on the plant should be strong and healthy looking with no points of discoloration.
Conduct a Quick Check
Always be sure to check for root rot before purchasing a Phalaenopsis orchid. Take a sniff of the plant as well. Any foul smells are an indication that rotting has occurred and another plant should be chosen. The leaves on a Phalaenopsis orchid plant will also give you important information. Spots on the leaves could mean that the plant has a virus or that it has been blistered in the sun.
Leaves that have yellow spots could mean that the plant is suffering from an infestation of mealy bugs or spider mites. Look for spider mites on the undersides of the leaves. These occur if the leaves are subjected to overly dry conditions. In severe cases, the entire leaf may turn yellow by spider mites.
Keeping your eyes out for pests, smells, spots and viruses will help get you on your way to purchasing a healthy Phalaenopsis orchid.