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Phalaenopsis amabilis - a Variegated Orchid!

Phalaenopsis amabilis - a Variegated Orchid!

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Introducing the Exquisite Phalaenopsis amabilis with variegated leaves – A Botanical Rarity

Overview: Discover the enchanting world of orchids with our Phalaenopsis amabilis, the botanical species renowned as the Moon Orchid or Queen of the Orchids. This particular variant boasts a stunning rarity - variegated leaves that add an unparalleled touch of elegance to your indoor garden. Native to Southeast Asia and gracing the landscapes of the Philippines, Borneo, and Sumatra, the Phalaenopsis amabilis has earned its place as Indonesia's national flower. The name 'amabilis' itself means lovely in Latin, a true testament to its exquisite beauty.

Unique Features: The standout feature of our variegated Phalaenopsis amabilis is its exceptional variegated leaves with a golden edge. These leaves, with their intricate patterns, make this orchid truly one-of-a-kind. Furthermore, this plant blooms profusely, adorning your space with its pure white, uniquely shaped flowers. The flower stalks are tall and slender, creating a striking contrast with the variegated leaves.

Cultivation Tips:

  • Light Requirements: Place your variegated Phalaenopsis amabilis in a spot with indirect, filtered sunlight. East-facing balconies that receive morning sun and filtered light throughout the day are ideal. Be cautious of direct sunlight to avoid leaf burns.

  • Watering: Maintain slightly damp conditions by watering once a week or when the top inch of soil has dried out. Ensure the pot has proper drainage to prevent overwatering and root rot. Use room temperature water, and avoid watering from above to prevent crown rot.

  • Soil Mix: As an epiphytic orchid, Phalaenopsis amabilis doesn't thrive in regular garden soil. Opt for orchid-specific potting media containing bark chips, coconut husk, or charcoal. For better drainage and ventilation, consider adding perlite or charcoal to the mix.

  • Temperature: Maintain moderate temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Mimic a slight temperature drop in the evenings during fall and winter to encourage flower spike production.

  • Humidity: Keep the humidity levels around 70-80%. Mist the plant or use a humidifier to maintain humidity, especially in drier environments. A pebble tray can also help retain moisture.

  • Fertilization: Phalaenopsis amabilis is a heavy feeder. Use specialized orchid fertilizers, applying one-fourth to one-half of the recommended dosage every 1-2 weeks during the active growth period in spring and summer. Adjust fertilization when new flower spikes emerge and reduce or halt fertilization during winter.

  • Pot Choice: Opt for clear or transparent plastic pots to monitor root development. This allows you to detect root issues and determine the right time for watering. Ceramic pots may lead to root entanglement during repotting.

This is a blooming size in a 3” pot about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

With its variegated elegance and frequent production of aerial keikis, our Phalaenopsis amabilis is a prized addition to any orchid enthusiast's collection. Create a captivating display of nature's beauty with this rare botanical gem, the Queen of the Orchids. Don't miss the chance to cultivate this unique and exquisite orchid species, a true masterpiece of nature.

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