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Phalaeopsis Orchid Care

Ask the Expert: When will my Phalaenopsis Orchid Bloom? I bought a (indoor) Phalaenopsis Orchid plant that looked rather sad with its’ droopy leaves and no flowers on a Lowe’s discount table for a $1. Took it home and with some TLC it has perked up quite a bit. It has a long brown stem (like a skinny branch) growing out of the plant base. No blooms whatsoever, so do I cut the stem off and would another one grow in its’ place? When would I expect some flowers? Also, does this plant get root bound? I can see through the clear plastic (small) pot all these green thick “roots” seem crowded.

Never owned a Orchid before as I have heard they are hard plants to take care of. Thank you in advance for your help. Would a photo help? If so I can send one to you. Thanks – JD

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply: Phalaeopsis orchids are not too difficult to grow.  In fact at the nursery, we basically ignore them.

Blooming Plant OrchidHowever there are a few things you will want to do:

Proper Light: Phalaeopsis need bright indirect light.  Directly across from a south facing window is the best.  You can also exposed it to 12 hours of fluorescent light if natural light isn’t available. Your orchid will have bright green leaves if it is getting adequate light.

Adequate Water & Nutrients: As for water, you will need to let it dry almost completely before you water it.  You will need to fertilize it once a month with a fertilizer specially blended for orchids.

Proper Orchid Maintainence: Bloom stalks are normally pruned.  If the plant has healthy thick green leaves that are not wrinkled or drooping, you cut the bloom stalk just below the lowest bloom.  The plant should then send out a new flowering branch.  If you stalk is not healthy, cut the stalk all the way down and be sure to water and fertilize properly as the plant recovers. When an orchid is this damaged, it can take up to a year before it will bloom again.

Oh as for the roots – it is perfectly acceptable for the roots to show.

Hopefully this information will help you bring your Phalaeopsis orchid back to it’s glory.


  1. Thanks again!
    Should I keep in the same pot or should I put it in a bit larger one?
    I will buy some orchid fertilize before I do any trimming. Guess I am doing good so far as it sits in my southern facing garden window and seems happy there. :-)
    How can you tell if a stalk is healthy or not? I can snap off its’ top tip it looks that dry and brittle.

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  2. Usless all of the roots are coming out of the pot, I would leave it in the same pot.

  3. All about Orchid Care says:

    Hi, thank you for sharing information about Phalaeopsis Orchid Care. This would be a big help in caring for my orchids. Thank you.

  4. Hi! I got an orchid as a gift and the pot is large metallic kind of but doesnt have drain holes in it. Right now it is in full bloom but what I am understanding is that i should get a new pot with drain holes so that the Orchid is not in wet base. Should i change the pot? Also it has green moss , should i remove it? So confused!

  5. Jeffrey Balch says:

    Hi Priyanka,
    Yes, orchids need to be repotted every 6 months to 3 years, with younger plants requiring more frequent repotting. Usually when the plant goes out of bloom is a good time to repot. Moss or bark are commonly used as potting materials for orchids, so you’ll want to leave that be.

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