HOW TO GROW YOUR ORCHID
It’s the perfect indoor plant requiring very simple care in a pot
WHAT TO CHOOSE
With elegant and long-living flowers, the moth orchid (Phalaenopsis spp) is the perfect indoor plant with an imperfect name – ‘butterfly’ orchid seems more appropriate! In the tropics most orchids flower in the wild all year round. In Australia, where they are best kept indoors, flowering depends on where you are. Most stop blooming in spring or autumn.
Give your moth warmth, moisture and a shady place with morning sunlight, or bright, indirect light.
CARING FOR IT
Winter heating keeps it warm, but this may dry out the growing medium so check its moisture regularly. Water only the medium, not the leaves. Instead lightly spray about – not on – leaves. Don’t let water pool in the centre as this causes rot. In summer, keep it moist and away from fans or air conditioning.
Once the last flower has gone, cut the spike to just above the lower node (or bump). A secondary spike will emerge to produce more flowers in a couple of months.
Cluster several pots together to create a flight of fancy.