Note on Phalaenopsis orchids:

Yellow Phal Orchid - Still Flowering and Growing a New Leaf

A New Leaf

Few facts that amaze me about Phalaenopsis Orchids are the capability for the plants to bear beautiful flowers that are absolutely long lasting and at the same time growing a new leaf and more flower buds. More than four months later the flowers are still fresh and pretty. I am still new in growing this orchid species and we bought our few collections in February. Two of them have lost flowers, but new flower buds and a new leaf are forming at the same time. Another four still have their flowers fresh from February up until now…. that is more than four months later.

The yellow one has started to grow a new leaf bud while the flowers are still blooming without showing any sign of wilting. Another one with the mauve pink flowers, both spikes still bear flowers but each has formed an addition spike with few flower buds. These additional flower buds grow from the tip of the old spike. So it means that the plant will bear flowers continuously for well over 6 months (could be 8 months or longer).

Four months old Phalaenopsis flowers, still fresh and pretty

Four months old Phalaenopsis flowers, still fresh and pretty

New Flower Buds

New Flower Buds

Before I thought that Cymbidium orchids are the best, but now since I have started to have Phalaenopsis species, I think that Phals are more enjoyable. The flowers last longer than Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis leaves are more compact and neater in size. I also think that the thick Phalaenopsis leaves look pretty even without flowers. The aerial roots make the whole plant look very exotic. One better thing about Cymbidiums is that they are easier to grow new plants (bulbs) for division. While Phalaenopsis rarely grow new plants (keikis).