Growing conditions and varieties available can vary around Australia. If you have any queries please contact your local Independent Garden Centre. 

Phalaenopsis orchids, also known as moth orchids, are popular indoor plants in Australia due to their ease of care and long-lasting blooms. Here are some tips on how to look after a Phalaenopsis orchid in your home:

  1. Light: Phalaenopsis orchids prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.
  2. Water: Water your orchid once a week except in winter, or when the potting mix feels dry to the touch. Water thoroughly, allowing the water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. Don’t let the orchid sit in standing water as this can cause root rot.
  3. Humidity: Phalaenopsis orchids prefer high humidity. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or by using a humidifier.
  4. Temperature: Phalaenopsis orchids prefer temperatures between 18-25°C (64-77°F). Avoid placing them near cold drafts or heaters.
  5. Fertiliser: Fertilise your orchid once a month with a balanced orchid fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the label for dosage.
  6. Repotting: Repot your orchid every two to three years or when the potting mix has broken down. Use a well-draining orchid potting mix.
  7. Pruning: Remove any dead or yellowing leaves or flowers as they appear. Cut back the flower spike once all the blooms have dropped.

By following these care tips, you can help ensure that your Phalaenopsis orchid thrives in your home.

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