Description of Pink Orchid
Pink orchid is a tropical plant that lives on the roots and trunks of trees. Because in the tropics, the climate is constantly humid and warm, then these same indicators must be maintained at home when growing phalaenopsis.
Description of Pink Orchid
Pink orchid flowers, similar to mother-of-pearl butterflies, are the main unique feature of this representative phalaenopsis. On a long peduncle, a dark purple color up to 25-30 cm long grows to fifteen pale pink flowers connected to rosettes. The flowers of the pink epiphyte in diameter reach 3 cm. The color of the central part of the flower, called the anther, is much brighter than the petals.
Pink orchids phalaenopsis is one of the smallest species, with oblong dark green oval leaves, the length and width of which reaches 15 and 8 cm, respectively. According to the description, the height of the whole plant reaches 45-55 cm. Often the plant has one or two peduncles.
The pink dragon and viola desiderio are also pink in color. Viola desiderio is distinguished by large multicolor flowers, 8 cm across. The pink dragon is a hybrid species.
Pink Phalaenopsis is great for growing at home and prefers the location on the windows with wide windowsills east and west.
As in the case of many other species of Orchidaceae, it is important to take into account that in this family of plants the vital process of photosynthesis is also carried out in the root tissues, therefore they need access to a light resource. This can be achieved by growing the flower in a transparent plastic pot.
In the evening, it is equally important to take care of fluorescent lighting, as orchid requires 12 hours of light for normal growth and development.
Often, the vegetative propagation of pink epiphyte occurs due to offspring grown on the flower itself. After planting the children, flowering should be expected no earlier than a year later.
The soil in the pot must be enriched with drains that favorably affect growth: pieces of wood bark, coals, finely divided shells and sphagnum moss.
Temperature and light
Care implies proper watering and temperature conditions
Leaving implies the optimum temperature regime for the variety in winter, which is up to 20 ° C, while in summer the permissible temperature should not exceed 35 ° C. For pink epiphyte, increased humidity and relatively stable temperature conditions are suitable.
Phalaenopsis is a light-loving plant, so a place is suitable for them that will provide trouble-free passage of light, but with plenty of sunlight, the plant needs to be moved to a shaded place, because the orchid can get a burn of a flower or leaves, after which it will be difficult to recover.
Pink phalaenopsis orchids prefer a moderate watering regimen. In the warm months, the soil is moistened by plants once they dry out once a week, in the cold months - only several times during the month. It is important to prevent gulf or, conversely, excessive dryness of the substrate. For irrigation, you need standing water, kept at room temperature. Also, to maintain air humidity, pebbles filled with water should be placed in the pan of the pot.
The procedure for saturating the soil with complex fertilizer is usually carried out 1 time in 2 weeks. An excess of it is able to inhibit flowering and provoke the appearance of mechanical damage on leaf tissues. An unfavorable concentration of mineral and organic fertilizers provokes an inhibition of vital and metabolic processes in the plant, so you need to wash the substrate about once a week under hot water. The roots of this species are capricious, so you need to constantly monitor them, they must be stably white or light yellow.
Diseases and Pests
With controlled care, the plant rarely gets sick and is almost not susceptible to damage by dangerous parasites. Nevertheless, there are common problems: root rot often occurs, as well as flowers prone to lesions from the mealy worm, red tick, aphids, spiders, snails, whiteflies, thrips, wood lice, millipedes, etc.
- When the parasite appears, the leaves of the epiphyte become sticky and become covered with dark spots. The pest sucks the juice from the plant, the composition of which ensures the vital activity of the whole organism. Spots appear after the attack of the thyroid gland by an attack of the soot fungus.
- Mealybug can provoke massive yellowing and falling of leaves.
- Whitefly is a small butterfly of white color. The butterfly itself and its yellow larvae feed on orchid juice, as a result of which the plant weakens noticeably and begins to wither.
- Thrips also affects leaves, pale pink flowers, and roots. Green or yellow larvae actively destroy the internal tissue of the leaves, so spots appear on them and as a result, these organs die and fall off. Clear signs of the presence of thrips are a silver-colored film and a large number of small black inclusions.
Prevention measures during care and cultivation are as follows:
- maintaining a stable level of temperature and humidity of air and soil;
- periodic inspections of the state of the plant;
- regulation of the lighting supplied to the plant;
- if necessary, by the use of chemicals (with a preliminary study of the instructions);
- transplantation into a new substrate in case of damage by some types of pests.
Pink orchid is a fragile and incredibly beautiful plant that serves as a decoration for any room. Feng Shui experts say that when you inhale the aroma of Phalaenopsis, a person achieves spiritual harmony and inner peace, so it should be grown in a room where you relax after a working day. The pink beauty will certainly relax and soothe you.