A Brief Overview of the Genus Phalaenopsis

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Phalaenopsis orchids (pronounced fayl-eh-NOP-sis) are possibly the best beginner’s plant. They are called Phals for short and also referred to as Moth Orchids. Phals are among the easiest orchids to grow at home. They prefer lower light and warm home temperatures where winter nights do not drop below 60ºF. Phalaenopsis send up long arching sprays of flowers up to 6 inches across, in colors from basic white to pink, yellow, peach, red and green. The flowers resemble wide-winged moths in flight. Naming and Distribution Phalaino originates from the Greek root of “moth” and opsis meaning “likeness”, so the name Phalaenopsis means moth-like, referring to […]

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