Complete Guide to Growing Moth Orchids
Your search is over! This is your one-stop shop to growing Phalaenopsis, or what most people commonly call Moth Orchids. How many times have you looked for the answers to your questions about how to grow moth orchids and left more confused than when you started? I have written a few blog posts in the past on growing Phalaenopsis orchids so I’ve compiled all those posts in this article so it can serve as one reference guide. In addition, I have recently been interviewed by Bren Haas so I wanted to share that video interview, as well as another short clip on what to do after your Phalaenopsis is done flowering.
General Moth Orchid Growing Tips
I was so excited to have the opportunity to have Bren Haas, founder of Creative Living with Bren Haas, interview me on growing houseplants and moth orchids! This will give you a general overview on the basics of Moth Orchid Care.
Click HERE to read a post I wrote about general Phalaenopsis care. It was my first post that kicked off this blogging adventure.
Encouraging Your Moth Orchid To Rebloom
In this short video below, I explain and demonstrate what to do after your moth orchid is done blooming. You really have 3 options:
- Leave the stalk as is and it may continue blooming as the tip grows. I tend not to do this though, but it is an option.
- Cut off only part of the flower stem, right above the first node, and directly below the lowest spent flower.
- Cut off the entire flower stalk.
For reference, I’ve included a link HERE to another post I wrote. It goes through more in detail on what to do with your plant post-bloom.
Why Won’t My Orchid Bloom?
There are many factors as to why your moth orchid is not reblooming. Among the reason are:
- Inadequate light (this is the MOST important!)
- Improper watering
- No fertilization
- Issues with temperature
Click HERE to read my post that explains each of these factors in more detail.
Root or Flower Spike?
One of the common points of confusion is distinguishing if your Phalaenopsis is growing a flower spike versus just another root. Until you become experienced growing them, it will be confusing at first! I know when I started growing them, I got excited over every little new growth! There were a lot of false alarms, but of course you should be happy to see roots growing too!
Click HERE to read my blog post that shows in detail how to distinguish if the growth is a flower spike or just another root.
Repotting Your Moth Orchid
This is one topic that many people don’t even think about, but is very important. Moth orchids are different from most of your other houseplants because they don’t grow in potting soil. (Do not ever repot a moth orchid into plain potting soil because they will 100% die on you! They are epiphytes in nature so they don’t grow in soil.) They are typically grown in a bark mix, sphagnum moss, or even various artificial media. If you have your plant growing in bark mix or sphagnum moss, it will eventually break down and you will need to repot it otherwise your orchid root can start to rot.
Click HERE to read about how I repot my moth orchids, and how often I do it.
And there you have it! Pretty much everything that you need to successfully grow Phalaenopsis orchids. Have you been successful in growing Phalaenopsis? What challenges have you faced? Comment below and share your experiences!