Orchid of the Day: Phalaenopsis

In the early 90’s I received this Phalaenopsis orchid as a gift from a friend, and it’s been a reliable bloomer ever since. It usually starts to bloom in the spring, and continues through the fall. The large flowers can last for months.

Phalaenopsis flowerPhalaenopsis flowers

Each flower is about 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide. The photo below shows a close-up of the flower lip.

Phalaenopsis flower lip

Phals like warm temperatures with bright light. This plant is in an east-facing window, and it does receive some direct morning sun. Its leaves turn a little red on the edges as a result, but it hasn’t sunburned.

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