How to Grow & Care for Moth Orchids

Growing and caring for moth orchids is rewarding and different from most houseplants. The bright colors of these flowers, the sleek leaves, and their fragrant scent will create an exotic ambiance in your home. Furthermore, they need little care to thrive indoors.

Besides their beauty, moth orchids come in different varieties, so you won’t miss a species that interests you. Here is a discussion on the different types of moth orchids and learn how to grow them.

Types of Moth Orchids

There are over 60 varieties of moth orchids and each different bearing feature. Here are the best to plant at home;

‘Taida Sweet Berry’

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This variety is a hybrid between Phalaenopsis amabilis and Phalaenopsis malipoensis. It has a pale green background with dark purple veins. While the sepals and petals have darker purple shades, the lip has a white and pink tint. The length of its blooms exceeds 14 inches, and it flowers in the fall or winter season.

Violacea Orchid

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The violacea orchid is a hybrid species that produces beautiful violet-colored flowers. The leaves are dark green, and the flowers are white with a hint of purple in the middle. It is a hardy species that require little care as compared to other varieties of moth orchids. This makes it suitable for beginners looking to try growing orchids in their homes.

Stuartiana Orchid

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The flowers are white with yellow and deep purple spots, giving them a striking color that stands out in any home garden. It has an elongated stem with a soft texture that makes it easy to cut without damaging other plant parts. This variety grows up to 2 feet tall and has a diameter of 1 foot on average.

Doris Orchid

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The Doris orchid has green leaves and pink petals, which give it a unique appearance. The petals have different patterns and features to stand out from other varieties. Due to its vibrant color and long-lasting nature, it makes an ideal home decoration.

It can grow up to 20 inches tall when it blooms. This plant can bloom twice a year, so you get more flowers for your money!

Pink Moth Orchid

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The pink moth orchid has light pink flowers with white lines on its petals, resembling stripes on a butterfly wing. They are an excellent addition to homes, especially during the dreary winter months; they will bloom for several weeks. This variety is easy to care for; it requires humid and bright environments. You can also offer them as gifts or cut flowers.

Care and Maintenance for Moth Orchids

Unlike most houseplants, moth orchids are easy to maintain. Here are easy tips for maintaining them;

  • Only prune matured moth orchards with foliage of at least 12 inches in height.
  • Remove wilting flowers.
  • Once they bloom, it is advisable to remove the flower spikes entirely, especially when the stem starts turning yellow or brown. 
  • Watch out for yellowish-green leaves, which indicate the plant is getting too much sunlight. While extreme dark green means the plant is getting inadequate light.

Propagating Moth Orchids

Moth orchids are easy to propagate by division. Transfer the naturally growing plantlets or offsets to a growing medium. You’ll find the offsets or plantlets growing on nodes along the parent plant’s stem. Choose to grow the divisions in perlite, sphagnum peat, or water.

Moth Orchids Growth Conditions

To enjoy the beautiful blooms of moth orchids, consider;

Growing Media

Moth orchids don’t grow in the soil. They grow on sphagnum peat, charcoal, perlite, coconut husk chips, and on the bark of trees. So ensure you have any of these growing mediums. 

Water

It is easy to kill your moth orchids through overwatering rather than underwatering them. It’s advisable to water them when the growing medium feels dry. Do not water them when the planting medium is moist or wet. Additionally, don’t allow water to pool at the base of the plant.

Light

Just like other orchids, moth orchids need bright indirect light to bloom. When growing them indoors, could you place them in east-facing windows? You can also put them in western or southern facing windows, provided they receive indirect light.

Pests and Diseases

Moth orchids are vulnerable to various pests and diseases, including aphids, mites, scales, fungus gnats, thrips, and cold damage. You can control most of the pests and diseases by using home remedies. If the infections persist, consider the use of chemical solutions.

Conclusion

Moth orchids are beautiful plants that can add color to your home. However, to enjoy their blooming, choose the variety that interests you above and check their growing conditions. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips. 

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