Avoid these mistakes if you want your orchid to flower

The Moth Orchid is a stunningly beautiful plant that isn't particularly demanding. It's no wonder that it has gained worldwide popularity! However, many people struggle with getting their orchids to bloom again. The solution to this problem is actually quite simple - your Moth Orchid is likely not being grown in the optimal conditions.
In this article you will learn the most common reasons why your Moth Orchid is not feeling well and what you should pay attention to. Avoiding these mistakes, you can enjoy the beauty of your orchid for many-many years.

Orchids are a type of plant that falls under the Orchidaceae family, from which they derive their name. However, not many people are aware of the vast number of orchid varieties that exist within this family, each with its unique care requirements. 
In this article, we will be focusing on the Phalaenopsis orchid, also known as the Moth Orchid, which happens to be the most prevalent genus in this family.
To ensure that you have exactly the Moth Orchid, use the Plant Identifier feature, and let’s begin!

#1 Lighting

The first thing to consider is that the Moth Orchid needs the right lighting. It needs bright, diffused light for 12-14 hours a day with direct sunlight in the morning or evening, which mimics the natural rainforest habitat of Moth Orchids.
And to find the spot with the perfect lighting for your Moth Orchid, use the Light Meter feature. However, if your home lacks sufficient sunlight, you will need to rely on artificial light to keep your plant healthy.
Note that light should also reach the roots of the plant - this is a unique feature of Orchids. Therefore, it is crucial not to grow Phalaenopsis in an opaque container.

#2 Watering

Another crucial aspect for Moth Orchids is proper watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot and it is one of the most common causes of orchid death.

It's important to note that this plant can tolerate being dry better than being too wet. Insufficient watering can result in loss of leaf turgor, which is not vital. But overwatering is unacceptable because it leads to the plant's death.
To determine the optimal amount of water for your plant, use the Watering Calculator feature. 

#3 Temperature and humidity

Phalaenopsis are plants that require warmth.  They can tolerate a drop in ambient temperature to 60°F (16°C), but extended exposure to these lower temperatures can result in the plant's demise. The optimal temperature for Moth Orchids is between 64 and 77°F (18-25°C).
In terms of humidity, the natural habitat of Moth Orchids typically has elevated levels. However, high humidity is not necessary for Phalaenopsis since the hybrids sold in stores are adapted for indoor growth.
Nevertheless, excessively low or high humidity levels should be avoided. If humidity is too low, it can be compensated for by watering more frequently and periodic misting (you can set the Care Task to ensure you don't forget). If the humidity is too high, ensure there is good ventilation to prevent root and leaf rot.

#4 Pests and diseases

Like all other plants, orchids are susceptible to various diseases and there are several reasons behind it. Phalaenopsis diseases can be caused by parasites pulling nutrients from the leaves and roots. Due to the tiny size of pests, detecting an infestation at an early stage can be challenging.
Additionally, viral diseases are also a common cause of orchid diseases. It was previously believed that these diseases were incurable, but recent research has proven otherwise.
The list of potential pathogens that can infect a Moth Orchid is extensive. To identify the culprit and find the best treatment use the Plant Doctor feature.

#5 Timely care

Neglecting the care of an orchid (especially if it happens on a regular basis) can significantly compromise the plant's immunity, leaving it vulnerable to diseases and pests. Therefore, it is crucial to water, fertilize, and mist the plant in time to maintain its health.
To know exactly your Moth Orchid needs, please, check the Plant Profile section and don’t forget to take care of it in time.

As you may understand, growing Phalaenopsis is quite simple, especially using our game-changing features. And if you have any questions about your Moth Orchid, feel free to ask them your personal advisor and consultant, the AI-Assistant.
Grow your plants with ease, and leave the complexities to PLNT!