Phalaenopsis deliciosa – 365 days of orchids – day 921

Sarawak is home to many orchid species we know including several Phalaenopsis species including the tiny flowered Phalaenopsis deliciosa that is flowering in our greenhouse this week. This is a species that we have seen growing in Sikkim, where we found it growing in hot valleys in seasonally dry forests where it lives in shade and develops an extensive root system. In the wild the plant is semi deciduous but it keeps its leaves in cultivation. The small flowers flower successively over a long period.

The species is found from Sikkim right across the Eastern Himalayas to South East Asia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

We find that plants enjoy growing mounted which also shows of the very pretty little flowers on short spikes that last a long time. We grow plants in shade in Warm Asia (min 18C).


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