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Questions and Answers About Phalaenopsis Orchids, Part 1 Of 2

October 15, 2013

purple-orchidWhen it comes to buying and caring for Phalaenopsis orchids, there are many questions that come to mind, especially if you are a new orchid owner. Here are some interesting questions that some have asked about Phalaenopsis orchids:

Question:When purchasing a Phalaenopsis orchid, how do I pick a good plant?


Picking an orchid is much like picking any other type of plant. Look for leaves that appear healthy and sturdy. The shoots should not look lifeless and the plant should be able to stand up under its own weight. The flower spikes may be able to tell you how many blooms you can expect to see. Lastly, make sure that the roots of the orchid appear to look healthy. Shriveled or rotting roots are a sign that a orchid plant is in trouble. Check out our informative video for more information.

Question:Do I cut off healthy roots when I am repotting a Phalaenopsis orchid?


No! Only dead or rotting roots should be cut away with a clean and sanitized pair of scissors or blade. Cutting healthy roots will often kill or injure a Phalaenopsis orchid. Some people choose to sprinkle cut roots with cinnamon as a means of helping aid the healing of the roots.

Question:Why has my Phalaenopsis orchid leaves suddenly turned leathery?


When the leaves on an orchid plant begin to shrivel the most likely culprit is a lack of water or the lack of humidity reaching the tissue of the plant. This can occur if the roots have rotted away and are damaged which is typically caused by overwatering or a deterioration in the plants medium. Check first to see if the roots appear to look plump, green, and white. Check the plant medium. If there is a loss of roots then you can try to repot in a fresh medium and raise the humidity in the location of the damaged orchid plant.

Keeping you Orchid Healthy