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Phalaenopsis gigantea - Silver Leaf

Phalaenopsis gigantea - Silver Leaf

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Introducing the Phalaenopsis gigantea orchid, a rare and majestic species that graces the tropical canopies and hilly forests of Borneo with its enchanting presence. This extraordinary orchid, not frequently available in blooming size, offers a unique opportunity for orchid enthusiasts to cultivate a piece of natural beauty.

Phalaenopsis gigantea with its striking silvery-green pendent leaves that can reach an impressive length of over 60 cm, this orchid is a true marvel of nature. But the allure of the Phalaenopsis gigantea doesn't stop there. Its delicate flowers, measuring approximately 5 cm across (and up to 6.5 cm), feature a creamy background adorned with raised red-brown spots, surrounded by varying shades of green around the column. These waxy blooms not only captivate the eye but also tantalize the senses with their sweetly fragrant citrus scent.

What truly sets the Phalaenopsis gigantea apart is its prolific blooming capabilities. Mature, specimen-size plants can produce hundreds of flowers on pendent, branching inflorescences, which can reach up to 40 centimeters in length. And the best part? These blooms can last for many months, bringing enduring beauty into any space.

Do not cut off the flower spikes, as they will regenerate with more buds each season.

But don't let its luxurious appearance intimidate you. With proper care, cultivating Phalaenopsis gigantea is a rewarding experience. While it's commonly believed that it takes 8 to 12 years for a seedling to reach flowering size, with ideal culture, it's possible to see blooms in as little as 4 years from deflasking.

Here are some tips to help you nurture your Phalaenopsis gigantea to its full potential:

  1. Light: Provide bright, indirect light to encourage healthy growth and blooming. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

  2. Temperature: Keep temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler at night. Avoid sudden temperature fluctuations.

  3. Watering: Water your orchid thoroughly when the growing medium is dry to the touch, typically every 7-10 days. Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogged roots.

  4. Humidity: Maintain high humidity levels, ideally between 50-70%. You can achieve this by placing a humidity tray or using a humidifier.

  5. Fertilizing: Feed your Phalaenopsis gigantea with a balanced orchid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. Reduce feeding during the dormant period.

  6. Potting: Repot your orchid every 1-2 years using a well-draining orchid mix. Choose a pot that allows for good airflow to the roots.

This is a near to blooming size plant, newly mounted in an artisan acacia wood, leaf span approx of 12" leaf tip to leaf tip, limited!

Phalaenopsis gigantea is not just an orchid; it's a rare botanical treasure that brings a touch of the exotic into your home. With proper care and attention, this orchid will thrive, rewarding you with its breathtaking blooms and sweet fragrance for years to come. Embrace the opportunity to cultivate this rare gem and make a statement in your orchid collection.

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