Fall Phalaenopsis  Care

 phal brother spring dancer
Miniature multifloral phalaenopsis
This hybrid is Brother Spring Dancer 'FANGtastic'

 TIP:  The best way to ensure that your healthy phalaenopsis will spike(develop a flowering stalk) is to allow night temperatures to fall to about 60 degrees  for about 3 weeks.  This can be accomplished by leaving your plants near a cracked window at night.

Fall in the northern hemisphere, means cooler nights and shorter days. Most phalaenopsis orchids will flower in the next few months, so now is the time to get your plants primed for blooming!

First, if you plant is definitely going to need repotting in the next 3 months or so, do it now. This will allow your plant to adjust to its new potting mix while temperature and light is still conducive to growth. Second, it allows your plant to get established before it flowers. For more information, see our phalaenopsis repotting guide.

Blooms and flower spikes
Now is the time most phals will set spikes for fall through spring blooming. Unless your plant has just finished flowering, chances are it is about to begin its blooming cycle!

Changes in Day Length and Temperature
While days are still warm, continue feeding your plants and make sure they stay moist. Air circulation especially during cooler nights becomes especially important . Also be sure to water your phals early in the day so they are dry by nightfall.

Feeding your plants
Maintain feeding at about to two to three a month always at half strength. If you have used a general orchid food until now, switching to a blossom booster (flower) fertilizer to encourage flowering, would be a good idea.