5 Unique Phalaenopsis Orchids to Consider Growing

Phalaenopsis are popular orchids with huge flowers. Which ones should you consider growing?

Phalaenopsis orchids are mostly grown as houseplants. There are 63 species in this genus, seven natural hybrids, and several identified variations. A more common name for this plant is moth orchid. 

It grows naturally on tree trunks and branches in tropical places all over the world. It clings to the bark of trees and shoots out aerial roots all the way down the stem.

Naturalists use the width of the leaves to determine plant maturity. As the plant grows, each new leaf grows larger than the one before it. 

Flowers are often produced by plants with a leaf spread of less than 6 inches. The blooming period lasts anywhere from two to six months.

Phalaenopsis orchids are among the most intriguing plants on the earth. They have been widely crossbred, so extraordinary hybrids with a wide range of flower colors and patterns are available—from pure white to speckled harlequins.

In this article, we’ll look at some of the interesting phalaenopsis orchids that you can grow at home. No matter which variety you choose, it is sure to please.

1. Phal. doweryensis

Phalaenopsis doweryensis is native to Sabah, one of Malaysia’s thirteen states. It was identified in 2001.

Its distinctive qualities are the spots on the petals that appear as if they were delicately sprinkled there. This explains the plant’s common name: “spotten orchid.”

The flowers are about 2 inches across and almost odorless. The lip is white with yellow highlights and several overlapping red-brown lines towards the center. The blossoms last 15 to 20 days.

Because of its unique spotted appearance, it is an excellent addition to any home.

yellow rheingold hybrid orchid with purple dots

2. Phal. corningiana

Corning’s phalaenopsis is native to Borneo, a Southeast Asian island. It is named after the 19th-century American orchid enthusiast Erasmus Corning.

This orchid grows on limestone cliffs near waterfalls and on large, mossy trees, usually around 9 to 10 feet above the ground. Its leaves are thin and fleshy and drape from the branches.

This small epiphyte thrives in hot temperatures. The flowers emerge sequentially during the spring and summer months. The blossoms are approximately 12 inches long, with jagged inflorescence. The petals’ distinctive geometric design makes this a beautiful eye-catcher.

Cute little purple pink orchid hybrid

3. Phal. Tzu Chiang Balm

The Phalaenopsis Tzu Chiang Balm is a complex hybrid of the Phal. An Tai Jade and Phal. Stone Dance species. It is valued more for its fragrance than its appearance.

The tall branching stalk produces tiny flowers that have a lemony, slightly fruity, and sweet scent. They come in various colors, from a washed peach brown to a vibrant peach pink.

Its relatively large leaf spread makes it look similar to the more common orchid species. The leaves themselves are fragile and thin, with a tendency to droop.

4. Phal. sogo yukidian 

Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian is a hybrid between Phal. Yukimai and Phal. Taisuco Kochdian. It was developed in 1998. 

This tropical epiphytic evergreen plant produces one or two leathery dark green leaves and beautiful flowers on long naked branches that cascade as they mature. 

The blossoms come in white, pink, yellow, and purple colors. White flowers are either pure or sporting pink veins and spots.

This orchid thrives in bright indirect sunlight and well-drained soil. Under ideal conditions, the exquisite seasonal blooms last for a long time. They come in colors white, pink, yellow, and purple. 

Purple moth orchid blooming blooming in the garden

5. Phal. Timothy Christopher 

The hybrid Phal. Timothy Christopher ‘Floribunda’ is a cross between Phal. Cassandra and Phal. aphrodite. Its ability to thrive in indoor environments makes it an excellent houseplant. 

This orchid grows spikes in response to cold weather. While it can bloom all year round, it usually is in the autumn, spring, and summer.

The blossoms aren’t fragrant, yet they last an astounding 16 weeks. As a prolific bloomer, it is considered timeless beauty with its stream of white flowers.

very beautiful pure white orchid
Phillis Butler
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