Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

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Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby abwal » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:19 am

Don't be in too much of a hurry to remove flower stems once the flowers have finished. Sometimes aerials ( keikis) will form at node points on the stem ( photo 1). These are left attached to the mother plant until sufficient roots have developed ( can be up to 12 months) when they can be removed, with a small part of the stem attached, and potted up.

Flower spikes may also form from node points ( photo2) and even both flowers and keiki may form at the same node ( photo3).

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Photo 1

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Photo 2

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Photo 3
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Re: Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby midgin » Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:02 pm

Thanks, Abwal. Good to know. (Y) (Y)
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Re: Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby Pam » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:54 am

I love Phalenopsis, but have always been afraid to try them for some ridiculous reason.
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Re: Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby abwal » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:34 am

Once you find the right spot for them, they are fairly easy to grow, Pam. They like conditions that suit African violets.
Choose a spot that receives sufficient light to give a shadow that is clear but not too strong. ( Avoid direct sunlight.)
Water when the surface of the medium starts to dry. ( Avoid over-watering.)
They like high humidity so a dish of water placed close to the pot will help. ( I use a shallow plastic tray with sand or gravel in it. The pot containing the orchid is placed on an upturned plastic container resting on the sand/gravel. Water is placed in the tray to just saturate the sand/gravel, but well clear of the base of the pot.)
The roots contain chlorophyll which is why phal. pots are usually clear.
Fertilize with quarter strength liquid fertilizer on a weekly basis. ( I use a water soluble orchid fertilizer.)
Avoid wetting the leaves - particularly at the centre of the plant - and wipe away any water spills immediately.
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Re: Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby Systema_Naturae » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:35 pm

I'd never thought of their roots containing chlorophyll before - growing them in a clear pot is a great tip! That's intriguing.

Phalaenopsis make great houseplants here in Melbourne. I have mine in a brightly lit room that faces north, out of direct sun. In our climate I water it once every two weeks with a very weak fish emulsion, and it thrives. In winter the flowers last for months.
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Re: Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby RaynaDrinksTea » Mon May 09, 2016 6:43 pm

This makes me think I should find some glass planters with drainage. They're always sold in clear plastic pots which are then placed in opaque planters for aesthetic reasons - but maybe should be in clear planters which are nicer than the plastic ones? Has anyone seen any? I guess some lovely jars with holes drilled in will suffice - a project to undertake!
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Re: Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby abwal » Fri May 13, 2016 9:21 am

I cut the bottom off soft drink bottles and drill a large hole in the base. I place a layer of scoria ( any small gravel will do) at the bottom and then plant the orchid in sphagnum moss.

Clear pots also encourage the roots to stay in the pot.
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Re: Phalaenopsis Orchid Aerials

Postby dalelesley » Fri May 13, 2016 4:07 pm

Thanks for the info abwel. Just got an email from diggers though saying they are out of stock :( so might try some place else to get one. I think if I treat as I do my Laelia I shouldn't go to far wrong.
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