Phalaenopsis orchids are the most common orchid purchased because they are one of the easiest to take care of. There are also many different hybrids of this type of orchid. Phalaenopsis orchid, or “moth” orchid, is the type of orchid you might see for sale in the grocery store, local nursery, or farmer’s market.
Though you might see other types of orchids, the moth orchid is the most recognizable and most commonly found in either white or pink. It has round petals with two small petals in the center, that with the “lip” of the flower gives the appearance of a butterfly, or moth. It’s proper name, “phalaenopsis,” is the name of a type of large moth, so it works perfectly as the name of this specific type of orchid.
Growing phalaenopsis orchids is not difficult. They are indoor plants, so you do not have to worry about harsh weather conditions harming your plant. Also, if you live in an apartment or somewhere that does not allow a lot of sunshine to flow in your phalaenopsis orchid will flourish because they do not like direct sun.
Phalaenopsis orchids are immune to humidity, so you never want to dry it out or let it go without moisture for long periods of time. You do have to be careful when deciding how much you want to water your plant and how often you water it, because it is not the type of plant that can be thoroughly soaked on an occasional basis.
These orchids like to stay moist, but not drenched and definitely not dry. Also avoiding direct sunlight but placing your orchid in indirect sunlight is the most beneficial environment in which to keep your orchid.
Another key trick to keeping your phalaenopsis orchid happy is to cut away the dead flowers so that new ones can grow because the plant is so small and delicate that all the energy it produces goes into its flowers and leaves, so if you take out the dead ones it can focus its energy on creating new ones.