☘ Origin: Southeast Asia, Philippines and Australia
☘ Family: Orchidaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Phalaenopsis
☘ Common Name: Moth/Moon Orchids
Symbolism: Due to their namesake, orchids are associated with fertility and virility. These associations, coupled with their exotic appearance, have given them a long history of being associated with love and elegance throughout various cultures and time periods.
Moon Orchid prefers bright indirect light, such as the light from an east-facing window. Don’t let your plant sit in direct sun, as the foliage and delicate flowers may scorch. If your Orchid does not get enough light, it will likely not rebloom.
Orchids require very little water. Their roots are highly specialized organs designed to soak up water very quickly and breathe. They need regular periods of drying alternated with heavy watering
To give your plant the absolute best, room-temperature rainwater and bottled spring water are your best options. Any water containing sugar or salt will hurt your plant!
Orchids need high humidity the appreciate occasional misting using filtered-water.
Prefers temperatures between (10-29°C) and airflow around the roots. Avoid placing your plants near heating and air conditioning sources.
Feed once a week during the growing season with a special liquid fertilizer. No need to fertilize it in the winter.
Most species of Orchids are not toxic or poisonous to cats, dogs, or humans. However, if ingested, Orchid parts can cause stomach upset and discomfort. For the most part, Orchids are safe to have in your home if you also have pets or small children.
➕ Additional Tips
Orchids blooms will last longer if you can provide a mild, warm, and somewhat humid environment. Don't place your orchid where it will experience cold drafts or exposure to direct sunlight heating drafts. Dry air, direct heat, and chills are enemies of these delicate flowers.
⛔ HIGH RISK
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).
Above all, make sure you’re ready for plant parenthood.
💡 These essential care instructions are just guidelines; watering frequency, care routine will vary depending on location, light, temperature, humidity and air circulation in a space -- and most of all on your care.
💡 Your plant relies on you to give it healthy living conditions and deserves plenty of TLC. In fact, the mere act of paying attention to it on daily basis -- or "listening | talking" to it, if you will -- is one of the most important things you can do as a plant parent.
💡 If you see any signs of distress, you may need to act immediately to save your plant.
💡 On top of useful plant care advice, is expanding your knowledge and self-study in regard to your specific plants types. Further reading is a great resource for learning all about your plants, and the proper care that each of them needs along with any signs of distress or diseases. You can learn which are the best spots for your plants in your home, how to grow different plants, how to water your plants correctly, how to treat immediately and more.
💡 At the end of the day, you’re the plant’s guardian and your plant cannot survive without your love and care.