Phal NewBerry Parfait 'Picotee'
(Right) Dtps. Queen Beer 'Red
Sky' is a superb example of a doritis hybrid that will usually
bloom in early summer. Note the upright spikes and magenta
A small collection of half a dozen phalaenopsis can easily ensure
that you have an orchid in flower every day of the year! Find out
Most orchids are seasonal bloomers and phalaenopsis
no exception. The secret is to remember that most phals will
bloom at the same time every year. If you buy a moth orchid in bloom
during the fall, it will probably bloom again the following fall, give or take a
The heaviest flowering season for phals, is fall through
spring. So its quite easy to buy two to three plants over this period that are IN
BLOOM from September through April. That should easily provide you with about seven
months of blooms!
Increasingly, though, you will find phalaenopsis orchids
in bloom year 'round, even during the summer when many orchids are busy growing,
rather than flowering. Often you will find yellow flowered phals blooming during
the summer. These often have star shaped flowers with brown or red striping and are
waxy in substance. They look a look a little different than typical phalaenopsis
hybrids and so add variety to a collection.
During the summer Doritis pulcherimma is in full
force, with tall spray of small, but startling magenta, flowers. Doritis
plucherimma is very closely related to phalaenopsis and used to make hybrids named
doritaenopsis(abbreviated as Dtps) that often bloom in the summer. Not
all Doritaenopsis will have small magenta flowers and bloom in the summer
as some of them have only a little doritis in them.