Commonly referred to as the "moth orchid", Phalaenopsis are one of the longest blooming orchid genera producing flowers that last from 2 to 6 months before dropping. Phalaenopsis have also been known to bloom 2 to 3 times per year once they have reached a mature size. After it has flowered the first time, cut the stem just below the node where the first flower bloomed. From the top node a new flower stem should emerge within 2 months. If there is no response or the flower spike turns brown, cut it off near the base of the plant where it emerged. Who knows, once you've mastered one orchid, there are many more challenging varieties to come. See facts about Orchids for more information or for Orchid Care Guide.
Orchids are beautiful, exotic flowers which - with the right care - can last many years. We offer flower delivery including orchids around the UK and Europe
Pronounced phal-A-nop-sis, the name means "resembling a moth" and it is also known as the Moth orchid.
Sprays of up to 15 large waxy flat oval-shaped flowers on long stems.
Originated from Indonesia and Java.
The come in a variety of colours: White, pink, purple and yellow.
Many modern cultivars are American or German in origin.
The Javan natives eat the leaves of P. amabilis as vegetables - but we do not recommend snacking on your houseplants.
Large sums were paid in the UK in 1848 for the plants.