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Phalenopsis orchid

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How much to water the Phalaenopsis Orchid

The Phalaenopsis orchid is an epiphytic plant, that is, in nature it survives by resting its root system on another plant. For this reason, the roots must be placed on a substrate that recreates the natural air condition.This characteristic makes the roots constantly exposed to a high humidity rate: for this reason, the Phalaenopsis orchid must always be supported by a composed soil mainly from bark fragments so that the water can drain well. In addition, it is important to further vaporise the water on the leaves and drop a few drops near their common base, from where the stems depart. The best method of irrigation is immersion in water up to half the pot.


How to grow the Phalaenopsis Orchid

The Phalenopsis orchid must be repotted at the beginning of the resumption of vegetative activity during the spring season: before moving the plant to the new pot it is necessary to wet the roots to make them more elastic, clean them from substrate residues and eliminate dead parts. Each cut must be followed by a tamponade operation using a specific orchid disinfectant. The type of soil to be used may consist of a part of beech or spruce leaves and a part of polystyrene. Once the repotting has been carried out, the Phalenopsis Orchid must be placed in a very bright place and when the radical activity seems to have returned to normal it is possible to start fertilizing again.

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