amabilis blooms in
early spring in the northern
hemisphere, correrspondi ng to
drier conditions with slightly
greater variation in night/day
temperatures in its native tropical habitat.
Blooms and flower spikes
We are still in the prime blooming season for most phalaenopsis. Multifloral equestris
hybrids are generally in spike or blooming prolifically.
If your plant is near finished blooming or only has 2-3 flowers left, we
suggest you remove the flower spike completely so that the plant can
put all its energy into producing new growths(and flowering spikes!) in the fall.
Phalaenopsis violacea and its hybrids may be spiking now for (fragrant)
summer blooms. These phal orchids can still be repotted in early spike without any problems, as
long as you are using the same type of mix. If you are switching mixes, it may take longer for the
plant to adjust so its best to wait until the plant has finished flowering.
If you plant is finished blooming, now is a good time to repot it, if the
mix is more than 12 months old. See our phalaenopsis repotting
Changes in Day Length and Temperature
starting to get longer and brighter. Be sure to move your phals back from the windows a bit,
to avoid sun burn on the leaves.
Feeding your plants
You can begin to
increasing feeding to twice as month as it gets warmer during spring. A general orchid food is
best. If your plant is spiking for summer blooms, be sure to use a blossom booster formula
until the buds are formed.