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Phalaenopsis amabilis

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phalaenopsis (fay-lay-NOP-sis) (Info)
Species: amabilis (a-MAH-bih-liss) (Info)

Synonym:Phalaenopsis elisabethae
Synonym:Phalaenopsis gloriosa
Synonym:Phalaenopsis elisabethae
Synonym:Phalaenopsis gloriosa
Synonym:Phalaenopsis grandiflora

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive twowee On Feb 1, 2011, twowee from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I purchased one last Mar. with flowers, and the flowers lasted until Sept. Recently, in Jan. there's a new spike growing. It's worth my $15 for the plant (you don't have to spend a lot of money on orchids; local huge retailers where you buy grocery and furniture have them).

My white orchid flowers last longer than my pinkish-purple orchid (3-4 months). Moth orchids, I get new spike(s) within 5 months.

Positive red4husker On Sep 8, 2010, red4husker from Columbus, NE wrote:

Hi..I need some help with my orchid..I am not sure of the variety..but it has grown a "proliferation" on the old flower stem..
I am not sure how to keep this plant alive..and when should I put in some orchid potting soil..this is my very first orchid..and I am quite the rookie..any help or direction will be greatly appreciated!!

Positive kennedyh On Jun 20, 2005, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

I know that orchid flowers can stay open a long time but I was absolutely amazed at the longevity of the flowers on this species. We purchased it as a pot plant in January 1993, in flower and I was amazed that season at how long the flower lasted. As I remember it was over two months. It put up a fresh flower spike in December of the same year, but we went away for a time and it got too dry and the flower spike died. We managed to save the plant and it then put up another flower spike somewhat out of season, and it opened its solitary flower on 12th April 1994 (mid-autumn). After its long flowering the previous time, I made a point of noting the date that it opened. Well this flower then outlasted any other flower I have ever known by a mile. I took another picture just when I detected the first sign that it was dying, on 22nd October 1994, over 6 months after it opened. The flower was open for a total of 193 days right through our winter (it was indoors of course).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Napa, California
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Akron, Ohio
St John, Virgin Islands
Appleton, Wisconsin

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