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Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis spp.

Also known as

Phal, Skoenlapperorgidee (Afr.), Orchid

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Moth Orchid Overview

The genus Phalaenopsis comprises about 50 species and over 32,000 registered hybrids which produce oval, fleshy, sometimes mottled, green leaves. Their flowers remain in bloom for a long while. Moth Orchids are one of the easiest orchids to grow in the home. With a few basic requirements, these plants will reward owners with several months of beautiful blooms. It's recommended that, when the blooms are finished, the spike is cut down to the level of the leaves – that way, the plant will bloom with larger flowers, and produce a strong stem within a year. Unlike many other orchids, Phalaenopsis can be repotted at anytime, but it is usually best to do so when not in bloom.

Common problems with Moth Orchid

How to propagate Moth Orchid


Small plantlets (keiki) appear from the nodes on the flower stems. Detach the plantlets when they have developed several good roots, and pot them up in orchid compost. Water sparingly at first.


You can propagate by division in the spring.

Special features of Moth Orchid

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

Should be cultivated inside, ideally on a windowsill with dappled sunlight.

Pot plant

These plants are epiphytic, so if not attached to a branch of a tree, they should be grown in pots. Use a proprietary orchid compost like bark.

Other uses of Moth Orchid

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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