Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Phalaenopsis orchids are known as moth orchids for their resemblance to moths in flight. Ranging from dark shades to very light ones, many phalaenopsis orchids have intricate patterns and unusual color combinations on their petals that appear delicately hand painted. Pretty and versatile, this orchid is a great focal point for arrangements and bouquets.

Family: Orchidaceae
Species: Phalaenopsis spp.
Origin: Native to Asia and Malaysia
Symbolizes: The Phalaenopsis Orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength.
Also Known As: Phal, Moth Orchid, Butterfly Orchid.

Care, Handling & Design

Temperature: Safe to store at 55-65 F (13-18 C).
Humidity: 75-85 %
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 3-6 weeks depending on the variety and if protected from ethylene.

What to Look for When Purchasing

Phalaenopsis should be purchased when at least two flowers per spike are open, or fully open if the bloom is purchased individually. Look for perky flowers that are free of discoloration, spotting and brown tips. Check the flowers for any damage when you receive them.

Foam Info

Vase life shorter than in vases.

Design Tips

Phalaenopsis orchids can be used as cut stems either alone or mixed with other flowers. Blooms can be used in corsage work as well as bridal bouquets to offer an ultra chic design.

Ethylene Sensitivity

Most varieties are very sensitive to ethylene which result in flower and/or bud drop. Treat with anti-ethylene product. Flower sensitivity to ethylene changes with age.

Pest & Disease Information

Botrytis (small circular pinkish or brown spots), and Anthracnose (small round black spots on petals) flower blight can occur on petals. Good sanitation and humidity management helps to control.

Troubleshooting

Limp, droopy sprays. Florets are transparent, have dry patches, and/or are discolored. Floret Abscission (drop). The use of an ethylene action inhibitor is a must.

Product Usage

For optimal care of Orchid (Phalaenopsis), please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.

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Clean & Disinfect
FloraLife® D.C.D.® Cleaner
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FloraLife® D.L.D. Cleaner
FloraLife® D.L.D. Cleaner 
FloraLife® Floral Cleaner
FloraLife® Floral Cleaner 
FloraLife® Cleaner
FloraLife® Cleaner  
FloraLife® Cleaner Plus
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FloraLife® MicroBLOC® Greenhouse Disinfectant
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FloraLife® P.A.C. Professional Agriculture Cleaner®
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FloraLife® STRIP-IT® Cleaner
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Hydrate
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FloraLife® Hydrate Universal 100
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FloraLife® Hydrate Hydrangea
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FloraLife® Hydrate Plus 100
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FloraLife® Bulb 100
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FloraLife® Quick Dip
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Treat
EthylBloc™ Tablet
EthylBloc™ Tablet     
EthylBloc™ Truck Kit
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FloraLife® Charger 100
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FloraLife® EthylGuard 100
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FloraLife® EthylGuard ULTRA 100
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FloraLife® Calla Lily 100
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FloraLife® Shield ULTRA
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Store & Transport
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FloraLife® Clear 200
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FloraLife® Floral Foam Food 300
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FloraLife® Flower Food 300
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FloraLife® Special Blend 300
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FloraLife® Universal 300 Packets
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FloraLife® Flower Food 300 Packets
FloraLife® Flower Food 300 Packets  
FloraLife® Rose Food Clear 300 Packets
FloraLife® Rose Food Clear 300 Packets          
Fresh-Cut Flower Care Kit
Fresh-Cut Flower Care Kit         
FloraLife® Surface Cleaner
FloraLife® Surface Cleaner         
FloraLife® Quick Dip
FloraLife® Quick Dip         
FloraLife® Flower Food
FloraLife® Flower Food         
FloraLife® Finishing Touch Spray
FloraLife® Finishing Touch Spray