Kaleidoscope is a famous 'candy
striped' phalaenopsis orchid
that was bred in the United States.
It is very popular and easy to grow. With good care,
this orchid can
grow into a specimen plant with several spikes
and huge numbers of
Blooms and flower spikes
Most spring bloomers are done, but a constant supply of hybrids means that blooming
phals are always available. However, it is in summer that Phal violacea and many of its scented
hybrids, flower! Many other species with starry shaped blooms, held on shorter horizontal
stems bloom now too.
If your plant is near finished blooming or only has a
few flowers left, we suggest you remove the flower
spike completely now so that the plant can put all its energy into
producing new growths(and flowering spikes!) in the fall.
If you plant is finished blooming, now would
still be a good time to repot it, if the mix is more than 12 months old. See our
Changes in Day Length and Temperature
Days are warmer,
longer and brighter. Be sure to move your phals back from the windows a bit, to avoid sun burn
on the leaves. Water enough to keep your plants moist-do not let your phals dry out completely.
Make sure your plants have plenty of fresh air, and during hot humid days, air circulation day and
night becomes very important. Also be sure to water your phals early in the day so they are dry by
Feeding your plants
Increase feeding to two to
three as month always at half strength. A general orchid food is best as you want your
plant to grow as many leaves and roots as possible to ensure lots of flowers in the