Phalaenopsis pulchra – 365 days of orchids – day 960

This phalaenopsis species produces relatively small flowers but they an astonishingly bright glossy pink.

This warm growing epiphytic species native to the Philippines, is a small plant which produces a few brightly coloured flowers successively on a short spike hat gives flowers  through the summer and the autumn.  The species also has the ability to produce longer spikes up to 60cm long and instead of bearing flowers they produces multiple keikis, which, in the wild, are used to produce a colony of plants on the host tree. For us the keikis give straight forward propagation material but we always wait until keikis have plenty of roots.

The natural habitat is hot and shaded and we keep plants in our warm asia section (min 17C) although the species would appreciate a warmer minimum temperature.


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