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Dressing up Resting Orchids

Even the most dependable orchids sometimes take a rest from blooming. When your Phalaenopsis orchid is between flowering periods, don’t despair. With just a few simple additions and ideas, what was once an empty-looking...

Changing Leaf Color Can Alert Owners to Orchid Problems

When a healthy Phalaenopsis orchid is in bloom or is preparing to bloom, its leaves should be the color of healthy grass, a bright medium green with yellow undertones. As Phalaenopsis orchids finish blooming and enter...

Orchid Care Basics: Temperature

Growing a Phalaenopsis orchid that will grow and bloom successfully requires careful attention to the three basic elements of orchid care: water, light (see our two previous posts), and temperature. Phalaenopsis...

Leaves Provide Clues to Phalaenopsis Orchid Health

The quality and condition of a Phalaenopsis orchid’s leaves can provide valuable clues to the plant’s general health. Learning to recognize signs of orchid distress and understand the meaning behind the appearance of...

How to Water Phalaenopsis Orchids

Overwatering is the No. 1 reason Phalaenopsis orchids fail. Tree-growing orchids in their native tropical environment, Phalaenopsis orchids have thick, fleshy roots that are designed to absorb moisture from the air. To...

5 Steps to Repot Your Orchid

Phalaenopsis orchids should be repotted once a year, typically right after it has finished blooming. Repotting an orchid is considerably different than repotting other house plants. If this is your first time repotting...

Tips for Preparing to Repot Orchids

The techniques used to repot Phalaenopsis orchids are significantly different from those used to repot other house plants; a fact that surprises most orchid owners the first time they repot their orchid. Some of the...

Orchids Add Grace and Elegance to June Weddings

A favorite choice of brides and wedding designers, orchids add a graceful note of elegant beauty to June and summer weddings. One of the Earth’s most prolific flower species, orchids come in a dizzying array of shapes...