What is a novelty phalaenopsis?
For hybridisation if not used large or slandered phalaenopsis then we call it as
novelty phalaenopsis hybrids are primarily inter specific hybrids of similarly sized species and hybrids. These plants are produced primarily for the hobbyist and orchid breeder markets. They lack the larger flower size and elegant erect-arching inflorescence of standard hybrids.”
Emphasis on novelty, which includes flowers that are fragrant, waxy, and multi colour.
1) Phal Pylo’s Sweet Orange
2) Phal Princess Kaiulani Chin Yo
Blue Mystique Orchid
There are a few wild blue orchids, but they are rare, sometimes endangered, are more closely pale blue, purplish and pinkish.In nature, blue is not a usual bloom or foliage color. Plants tend to absorb blue light for the sake of their energy needs and don’t reflect it. Many plants recommended for blue coloration are really, lavender, purple, or pink.
The spectacular color is not developed in nature but rather results from a patented process for both the dye component and the growth parameters. The dye components and process have not been published for the do-it-yourselfer.
Unfortunately a deep blue orchid is only a temporary beauty. When grown as a plant in the home, it will revert to its original color on the next blooming cycle.
Florida-based Silver Vase Nursery presented its Blue Mystique at the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in January. In May 2011, Dutch Geest Orchideen received the Flora Holland Award 2011 in the Concepts Category, for their Royal Blue phalaenopsis and its shade of blue which the jury considered to be delightful.
During the growth process, the stalk of a white phalaenopsis orchid is injected with a blue dye solution. The intervention is performed in an environment that keeps the infection risk for the plant at a minimum. The blue color is absorbed by the orchid and creates a blue flower.
What triggers or initiates spike growth on phalaenopsis is cool night temperatures of around 25 degree C for several weeks.A temperature of 32 degrees, even for a short time, will prevent spiking.
so my phalaenopsis plant grows quite well, but doesn’t bloom reason could be too high temperature. We find that phalaenopsis flower quite well at 16.5 degree C. If you are growing the plants indoors, artificial lights nearby might cause long days and thus inhibit flowering. If the plants seem to be growing well, water and fertilizer applied as directed, temperature ideal, and still no flowers, then not enough light is probably the answer. Gradually increase the light intensity . If growing in the home, move the plants to a nice, bright windowsill.
so What triggers or initiates spike growth on phals is cool night temperatures for several weeks. But, prior to this, it should have been growing and building up nutrient reserves within its leafs. This brings up a concern about how healthy the plant is, whether the leafs are full and firm (healthy) or somewhat limp and droopy (unhealthy).
1)Some Phal species do not require temperature drop to initiate spike.
2)Timing these is very important for the cut flower industry. The nurseries that fill those markets grow their Phals in extremely dense shade–just a little more light than you’d get on a clear night with a full moon–for several months under tarps. When the tarps are removed and normal light levels restored, the plants spike within two weeks.
The darkness delays the normal spike season for the particular type of plant. In other words, if you have a Phal that normally spikes in December, and you want it to spike in March, you could drastically reduce light levels in mid November, then restore them in March to make the plant spike.
3) study points to the possibility of using intermittent high temperatures to prevent spiking. By applying cycles of 1 to 3 weeks of reduced temperatures (down to 59°F or 15°C) followed by 1 week of high temperature to inhibit spiking between late fall and early spring, it may lower the cost of inhibiting spiking by using constant 82°F (28°C).
Humidity is the important factor for phalaenopsis care. 50 – 80% is considered ideal. Humidity levels below 50% can result in the premature loss of buds and flowers. required to keep the humid air moving to prevent fungal and bacterial diseases. Leaves should be kept as dry as possible, especially at night.
you can provide humidity by
1) maintained with a shallow pool of water near to plant.
2) humidity tray
Water your Phalaenopsis orchids early in the morning. This insures complete water evaporation before night. Never use water that has been softened by a water softener. Plants should never stand in water. Plants that stand in water or that are watered in the evening will develop bacterial or fungal rot. Because they have no water storage organs other than their leaves, Phalaenopsis must never completely dry out. Watering frequency is a function of the medium in which the plants are grown.generally on our condition ( kerala, India) Phalaenopsis require watering on every day.
it is easy to tell when a plant needs watering. When the top inch is dry, the plants are ready for watering. To prevent diseases from occurring, water only in the morning so that the leaves are dry by nightfall.
Light and Shade
Phalaenopsis orchids do not require too much light to grow well. must take care not to burn the plant by allowing too much sunlight to shine directly on the plant. It is best to provide some shade. we used 80% shade net.
we provide green care 13:27:27 once in a week for mature plants and for young plants green care 30:10:10 twice in a week
potting media, where to place
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where to phalaenopsis in a home
Phalaenopsis required a fairly warm climate. The ideal night temperature is 15 to 18 degrees celcius and daytime temperature range of 21 to 27 degrees celcius. Since this temperature range is similar to that of many homes, it makes an ideal house plant.
35.0 Celsius is the maximum day temperature.
Temperatures close to the window on a windowsill will be colder or hotter than your general house temperature. Occasional deviations will not harm your plant, except when it is in bud – chilly temperatures may cause the plant to stop budding. Fluctuating temperatures can cause bud drop on plants with buds ready to open.
Phal. parishii is an epiphytic plant that has short stems with very long flattened fleshy roots.
The apex of the short stem bears one or two dark green, arched to pendent elliptic
to elliptic-oblong leaves. The leaves are 5-12 (-15) cm long and up to 5 cm broad but are usually smaller.
Pps. labukensis is an epiphytic plant that has very short stems with 3-5 pendent terete leaves.
The leaves are 165-210 cm long and 6-9 mm in diameter. In cultivation, the leaves have been recorded as exceeding 2 m in length and have even been up to 3.5 m long! A short pendulous to slightly upright inflorescence is produced from nodes near the base of the stem.