For our very first Plant of the week, we have chosen the beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchid! Native through southeast Asia, this beautiful plant makes the perfect orchid for beginners and hobbyists alike. Seeing as it is one of the easiest orchids to grow, the plant has been bred to come in a large variety of colors, ranging from solid purple to yellow with pink stripes (as shown here).
This plant is considered a low-light orchid, so it will do best in an east facing window or a south or west window so long as they are protected by a sheer curtain. When the plant is in bloom, it can be placed anywhere in the home out of direct sunlight. The amount of water needed for your orchid depends on the medium it is potted in. If your phal is potted in bark, watering about once a week is sufficient. If it is in moss, or a mixture of bark and moss (like Incahoots orchids are), water when the top feels dry. Once all of the blooms have fallen off of your orchid, you can cut the spike on of two ways. You can either cut it down to the level of the leaves so your plant will produce bigger flowers and a larger stem within a year, or cut it down to the last node before the old flowers to stimulate new blooms out of the node withing 8-12 weeks.
If you think a phalaenopsis orchid would be the perfect plant for your house, you can come on down to Incahoots and pick up your very own. They run at $28 for a 4″ pot and $36 for a 6″ pot!