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Phalaenopsis 'White Willd Orchid' - moth orchid & pot cover combination

  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Soil: these plants do not need to grow in compost, but if potting up, use a specialist orchid compost
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Pot cover: includes an etched brass pot cover

    The flowers of this orchid may be small, but there are lots of them, so the overall effect is really impressive. So too is the length of time the flowers last - we had one in the office that flowered non-stop for virtually the whole year.

    They are relatively easy to grow - ours didn't get too much care but soldiered on regardless. If you give it as a gift, the recipient will be thrilled - especially if they aren't particularly green-fingered!

    We've matched it up here with our solid etched brass planter (Ø21cm x H16cm). Inspired by traditional antique Indian vases, each has been carefully finished by hand.

  • Home care: Keep compost moist during the warmer months, but in winter reduce the amount it gets, and only water occasionally. Ideally, stand the plant in a tray of water (or the kitchen sink) so it can soak up as much as it needs for an hour or two. Afterwards, let the excess water drain away completely. It is always best to give them a good soak when they get quite dry, rather than watering little and often. Their preference is for soft, tepid water.

    They love humidity, so a bright kitchen or bathroom would be ideal, and mist the leaves with water occasionally, especially if they are in a heated room.

    Don't worry if the roots grow outside the pot. In their native environment, they grow in the crooks of branches, and use these aerial roots to absorb water from the air. They don't mind being overcrowded in their pots, so you only need to repot them if growth starts to suffer. They usually only send up flower spikes once a year, however you may encourage a second flush of flowers to form more quickly if you trim back the stem to just above the first node immediately after they have finished flowering. They prefer even temperatures, so try not to have big drops at night time.
Phalaenopsis 'White Willd Orchid' - moth orchid & pot cover combination
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