Phalaenopsis Pairing

Phalaenopsis Orchid

I always have several plants sitting underneath the east-facing window in the kitchen.  Recently a pair of phalaenopsis (moth orchids) have come into bloom, opening a week apart and making me feel better about them occupying my counter space. It seems a luxury to have them both blooming at once.

Their colors are not completely compatible, but they do share some coppery, peachy, apricot-like hues; one on its throat and lip, the other on its petals and sepals.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

The pink one opened last week. It was a house gift in Summer 2015, I believe from my sister Cindy, and was featured in a Monday vase at the time.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

The second orchid with coppery-apricot petals and sepals opened earlier this week. I probably picked this up at the grocery store at some point, needing a bit of color in the house.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Wishing you well as we move toward weekend.

10 thoughts on “Phalaenopsis Pairing

  1. tonytomeo

    That is impressive. It is saddening to see so many of the more common moth orchids sold at the Farmers’ Market, knowing that almost all get discarded after bloom.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Pauline. I didn’t repot or feed them but did remember to water regularly. Just the right temperatures at that kitchen window must have helped too. Now I wish I’d given them a bit of fertilizer.

  2. Kris Peterson

    Both are very pretty. This post is a good reminder that I should give my orchids a little boost with fertilizer as they suffer from benign neglect.


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