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What is proper lighting for philaphnopus orchids?

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    Default What is proper lighting for philaphnopus orchids?

    I have 2 philaphnopus that were bought on sale at the end of the gardening season. They have been in my room by windows but they are not doing so well. I live in MO so its pretty cold and unpredictable weather this time of year. I am wondering what kind of lighting they need so they can thrive and not die.

    Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
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    Do you mean Phaleonopsis? They are happy with lower light, east windows are usually good. If they are struggling though, I would look to their roots and how they are potted. Perhaps you can post pictures of them and more details on the direction the windows face, whether or not they are shaded and what temperatures you have in your house. Also, are they still in the pots they came in? What media is used in those pots and do they drain well? Phals need good air to their roots as well as moisture. They tend to rot easily.

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    Yes that is the kind of orchid I have, I was on my phone earlier and that is how it spelled the word and I was not sure on the proper spelling. They are in the original pots, the media is a bark like media and the smaller plant is producing new leaves. The stem is brown and looks dead though. I am not sure if I can cut it or should. I do not want to kill the flower. I bought fertilizer sticks but didn't notice a huge change in my orchid. I am not sure what to do. I am new to this and my mother has never grown orchids and is as clueless as I am. I don't think I can post pictures yet but will when I have the ability. Thank you for the advice I will keep that in mind about the lighting.

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    If by stem you mean the bloom stem, when it is done blooming, cut it off below the lowest flower. If it is entirely brown and the flowers are done, just cut it near the base of the plant.

    I would not use fertilizer sticks unless they are designed for orchids. You can buy orchid fertilizer at most any store that sells house plants, use it every week or so, but at a low concentration. The roots can be burned if you fertilize too strongly. Orchids generally grow on trees and get their nutrients from the rain water the runs down the trunks of the trees. So pretty often, but pretty weak is the way most people grow them.

    Be careful not to overwater them. Do your pots have holes in the sides as well as the bottoms? If so, that is good. Also be careful not to leave water in the crown (the top of the leaves), as this can cause rot too, esp if it gets cold. I usually water by putting mine in my sink with cool, but not cold, water and giving them a soak. Then I let them dry out pretty thoroughly - feel down into the media (bark is good) and make sure its dry right down into the pot. They don't like to sit with cold, wet roots. Most orchids do best with a fair amount of humidity and some air movement.

    Everyone's conditions vary and their care needs to vary too. I pot mine in large bark and mix in up to about 25% sphagnum moss to retain moisture. For me (very dry climate), this seems to work pretty well. I put them in open pots that are designed for orchids with holes in the sides. As I said, I soak them every week to ten days. A strong root structure is vital if your Phals are going to do well. I had a nice specimen from 37 years ago that I lost when I potted it into a mix (supposedly for Phals!) that was too fine and packed down around the roots and just rotted them out in a couple of weeks. Now I am careful to use pretty chunky bark for them.

    Blooming is initiated by dropping temperatures by about 10 degrees at night. If yours are just finishing blooming, they will probably need to rest and grow until next fall/winter before they start to bloom again. I've a couple just putting up spikes for this winter. When the flowers are done, I'd recommend re-potting them, but get us some pictures first if you can so we can help you decide what needs to be done.

    There is a really good video on potting Phals on this site that you might enjoy watching!

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