Date: December 19, 2016 | Photography: Rett Peek |
Add natural color to your home with a low-maintenance Phalaenopsis orchid
For many people, orchids can be equal parts intriguing and intimidating. If you’re looking to nurture your first orchid bloom, try a Phalaenopsis. Known for their brilliant array of colors, these are one of the easiest varieties to grow—in part because they tend to thrive in the same temperatures that humans enjoy, preferring a range of high 60s and 70s.
Adding to their ease of care, they require little light. They can be placed in almost any room of your home as long as they don’t receive direct sunlight exposure. When it comes to watering, less is more. They require an adequate drainage system that allows all water to completely draw off of them. Allowing them to sit in water will lead to root rot. Most Phalaenopsis orchids, such as the one shown here, come pre-potted in vessels that allow for drainage. Additionally, using a balanced fertilizer, which can be found at your neighborhood garden center, can be beneficial for continued growth and overall health. Follow these simple tips and you’ll likely enjoy continuous blooms throughout the winter season.
Potted Phalaenopsis orchid available at Tipton & Hurst. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com