Q: Just purchased one of your beautiful phalaenopsis...love it. I can't find any mention of the long root-like growths from the base of the plant...about 6" long...can these be removed?
A: The roots of the plant that you see are what help the plant absorb moisture and carbon dioxide from the air. Also known as “air roots” these are perfectly normal and don’t indicate that you need to repot your plant. You should also keep them on the plant as long as they remain nice and plump and are a sage-gray green color. If they turn yellow or shrivel up, you can wait until your plant stops blooming and then trim them off with a sterile scissors or razorblade. Long story short, please try to keep all of the healthy roots on your plant. Try not to stuff them into the ceramic pot (let them come out the top) so they can “breathe.” Orchids like to be root-bound and can stay in their existing pot for about 2 years after you’ve purchased it. Then, the potting medium does start to lose its nutrients and breaks down, so it’s time to re-pot. You can find lots of info at www.matsuinursery.com/repotting.
Q. I would just like to tell you how incredibly happy I am with your Phal Orchid. I have purchased many of these orchids in the past that came from different growers. None have been the quality of your orchids and the bloom has never lasted as long. I purchased a lovely orchid from Albertsons the first week in Feb. and here it is, almost May and it looks just as beautiful as the day I purchased it. I will be purchasing more. Thank you very much. I love them. I have tried reblooming and have had some success but the flowers are never as big as or as plentiful as when first purchased.
A. So glad that you’re enjoying your Phalaenopsis! You may want to try our 7 steps to reblooming your Phalaenopsis for the best flowers.
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Q. Our grocery store has been stocking your orchids and I have purchased several. They are vigorous terrific Phaleanopsis specimens and I note that most of them have 3 to 4 spikes per plant. I was wondering how you achieve this. How can I get them to rebloom with so many spikes. I usually only get one or maybe two spikes upon reblooming.
A. The number of flower spikes is associated with both the length of time we grow our plants and the specific variety of orchid. The more spikes, (generally) the older it is. Also some varieties take a little less time than others to grow their flower stems and/or are more likely to get two or more stems. If you’re able to rebloom your two-spiked orchid, you may get three or more flower spikes!
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Q. My sister gave me a beautiful orchid plant and it is no longer in bloom. The last two flowers fell of last week. I have NO clue what to do now to get the plant to re-bloom again. Any suggestions you have for me would be greatly appreciated.
A. Reblooming an orchid does take some time and patience, but it’s relatively easy to do with a Phalaenopsis if you have the right growing conditions. For best success, we have a 7-step process we like to follow. Click on the link below to learn more.
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A. Several buds on my Matsui Phalaenopsis seemed to dry up and fall. Was the plant not getting enough water?
Q. Our larger Phalaenopsis orchids (in a 4–5” diameter pot) only need to be watered every 10–14 days under normal room temps (65–75°F), or water when they feel light and dry. In Palm Springs, since it’s dry and hot, and you probably use air conditioning, it may need to be watered more often. Orchids love humidity, so if you can increase the humidity around it or keep it in a bathroom, that would be ideal, but don’t allow it to be constantly wet or stand in water. You can make a humidity tray by placing the plants on a tray of gravel, partially filled with water, so that the pots never sit in water. Matsui Phalaenopsis flowers should last two or three months, so if you’re finding that the plant loses all its blooms before then, you may need to adjust your care.
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Q. I received a beautiful Phalaenopsis of yours when I was in the hospital. I bought a Grow More fertilizer that's the bloom formula: 6-30-30. But then I read to use the Green 20-10-20 formula for Phalaenopsis. Should I return this? I don't think I saw the green. What would you recommend?
A. We like a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer applied 1x per month, or use an orchid fertilizer and follow the manufacturer's directions. When your orchid is in bloom, there’s no need to fertilize. In fact, one of the best ways to shorten an orchid’s bloom time is by taking too much care of it!
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Q. Recently, I purchased a Matsui Phalaenopsis orchid. Can you tell me how old this orchid was at purchase? I read the repotting instructions just need to set up the appropriate time to repot once blooming process is complete. Also, do I repot in a larger plastic container and where can I find this container?
A. Your Phalaenopsis has been potted in that pot for about a year, though the plant itself is older. Mature plants like yours can be grown in the same container until the potting medium starts to decompose, usually in another year or two. We recommend repotting in spring, immediately after flowering. You can use the same pot, just change out the potting mix. If the orchid has gotten lots bigger (usually in a few years) you can go up to a plastic pot one or two inches wider (found at home improvement stores or nurseries). We do not recommend direct planting to the ceramic as this won’t allow proper air flow or drainage.
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