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blooming plant


    Available in myriad colors, these orchids are favorites for home
            and office décor, and they’re relatively easy to grow.

     Silver Vase                          care and handling                          TEMPERATURE Phalaenopsis orchids
                                                                                     do best in rooms with temperatures
  BOTANICAL NAME                          LIGHT Indoors, these plants thrive in      ranging from a low of 65 F (at night) to
  Phalaenopsis amabilis                   bright natural light, but protect them     as high as 80 F (during the daytime).
                                          from exposure to direct sunlight.          Fresh circulating air is also necessary,
    (fay-len-OP-sis, fal-en-OP-sis,       WATER Water most Phalaenopsis orchids      but avoid placing plants in direct drafts
     uh-MAB-uh-lis, uh-MOB-uh-lis)        thoroughly about once per week,            of any kind.
  COMMON NAME                             preferably in the morning, to allow for
  Moth orchid                             complete water evaporation during          HUMIDITY These plants are tropical
                                          the daytime. Allow roots to dry out        natives, and as such, they require
 decorative life                          completely between waterings.              high relative humidity. There are
                                                                                     several ways to provide the necessary
  Depending on care, environmental           When watering these plants, drench      humidity level.
  conditions, and maturity and condi-     the roots with lots of room-tempera-       n Mist the air around the plants, or
  tion at the time of sale, these plants  ture water, or immerse the pot in a        lightly mist the leaves (not the flowers)
  can bloom in consumers’ homes           bucket of water. Allow the pot to com-     with a fine spray of room-temperature
  and offices for 10 to 14 weeks.         pletely drain before placing it into a     water. In extremely dry interior envi-
  Individual flowers, of course, have     saucer or enclosed decorative contain-     ronments, you can mist these plants
  a shorter lifespan.                     er. Never let pots sit in standing water,  several times a day as long as there is
                                          to prevent damage to the plants’ roots.    no run-off and no standing water on
 buying tips                                                                         the leaves.
                                             Maintaining healthy roots is critical   n Place pot(s) on a pebble tray,
  n Look for well-formed buds and a       to these plants’ survival and will yield   or place containers of water around
  few open blooms, with no bruising       more flower spikes and more flow-          the plant(s).
  or brown edges.                         er buds per spike. Roots should be         n Place a humidifier in the room.
  n Select plants with dark green         greenish/grayish in color; brown and
  leaves and sturdy spikes, with at       shriveled roots are signs of not enough    FERTILIZER Feed Phalaenopsis orchids
  least six buds/blooms per spike.        water, and yellow and mushy roots are      with a properly proportioned water-
  n Don’t worry if plants appear to be    signs of too much water and root rot.      soluble orchid fertilizer every other
  pot bound; this is how they should                                                 watering. You can also mist these
  be (see “Repotting” on Page 18).                                                   plants (only the roots and leaves, not
                                                                                     the flowers) with the same fertilizer.
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                                                                                     ETHYLENE SENSITIVITY Phalaenopsis
                                                                                     orchids are sensitive to ethylene gas,
                                                                                     so keep these plants away from fruits
                                                                                     and vegetables, automobile exhaust,
                                                                                     cigarette smoke and other sources
                                                                                     of ethylene. Also, check with your
                                                                                     suppliers to ensure an ethylene
                                                                                     inhibitor is administered at the farm
                                                                                     or during shipping.

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