Apartment plants

Dry phalaenopsis


Question: how do I make phalaenopsis bloom?


I have two phalaenopsis that are dry except the roots that are a little green can I make them bloom ???

Dry phalaenopsis: Answer: cultivate phalaenopsis


Dear Nik,
the phalaenopsis are the orchids most sold in the nursery, above all because they are quite adaptable and therefore they can give excellent results even to the inexperienced grower, and they do not however need cultivation conditions so different from the climate present in the house; in addition to this, in the nursery we find mainly hybrid phalaenopsis, selected to increase these characteristics of adaptability also present in some botanical species. When a phalaenopsis completely loses its foliage, without producing any more, its survival is decidedly unlikely, as these plants do not possess rhizomatous roots, or pseudobulbs, which can guarantee additional nutrients to those produced by photosynthesis and absorbed by the soil. A little hope is given by the roots still green, and therefore still vital, but with good probability the loss of the foliage was caused by incorrect cultivation conditions, and therefore if you do not act by somehow modifying the way in which you are watering your phalaenopsis , or the amount of light they receive, the chances of survival are even smaller. These plants are very robust and adaptable, despite their delicate appearance; they produce large elliptical leaves, and fleshy roots, which live outside the ground, or in very porous and soft substrates, where they can receive sunlight (for this reason the nursery phalaenopsis vessels are typically transparent). They originate from Asia, although the varieties present in the nursery are hybrid; they love a fairly humid climate, but they do not need regular watering, especially during the winter months, when the daylight hours are few; they are usually watered, from October to marso, only sporadically, taking care not to leave the substratum moist for a long time, or soaked in water. In the remaining months they are watered more regularly, especially if they are placed on the terrace, but always waiting for the substrate to dry. These orchids are often watered by immersion, or by immersing the vase in water, leaving it there for about half an hour; then it is drained well and put back in its place. During the winter months, with the heating system in operation, and during the hot and muggy months, it is important to periodically vaporize the leaves, to increase the environmental humidity. The specific fertilizers are supplied only during the vegetative period, and avoiding that the roots remain immersed in the solution with the fertilizer (also here, we water it by immersion and then let it drain). They prefer fairly bright locations, but without direct sunlight, which causes burns on the leaves. Now that you only have the roots, you can try to grow your phalaenopsis in the best possible way, hoping it will start to sprout again; after you get the leaves, if the plant is well cultivated, it should also begin to prepare the stem for the flowers, but it will take months before producing the new flowers and it will do so only in good growing conditions. So too much water or extreme dryness (especially air), very little light or direct sunlight, will prevent your plant from starting to bloom again.