Phalaenopsis pallens Orchid Care & Culture

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Species Name: Phalaenopsis pallens

Subgenus: Polychilos | Section: Amboinenses
Care Group:
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Habitat of Phalaenopsis pallens & Inferred Cultural Tips

Elevation: 0-500m
Distribution: Philippines (Luzon)
Other Phalaenopsis species from this area: schilleriana, amabilis, philippinensis, sanderiana, stuartiana, micholitzii, hieroglyphica, fasciata, mariae, reichenbachiana, pulchra, bastianii, equestris
Temperature: Hot Grower (Ultra Lowland) (Days: 29-35C, Nights: 21-24C)
Seasonal Variation: Yes – Dry, Cool, & Bright Winters

Flowering Habit of Phalaenopsis pallens

Spike Initiation: Fall – Spikes initate during cool temps
Bloom Time: Winter (January in Northern hemisphere)
Fragrant: No

Phalaenopsis pallens Care

This charming yellow phal comes from the Luzon area of the Philippines. Its compact size and free-flowering nature makes it quite desirable. Phal pallens has a tendency to create keikis and form large groups of connected plants. This plant grows at low elevation and reportedly requires high humidity; however, under my care they do very well with low humidity (30-50%). Unlike other Phalaenopsis from the subgenus Amboinenses, pallens does not get stunted or set back by dry roots. I grow my plant on a heat mat because it’s a lowland orchid. The leaves and buds go cool during the winter (down to 16C) and it seems to do better than most of my smaller phals despite these “less ideal conditions.”

My pallens gets watered weekly, and is in a mix of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite. There is no peatmoss in this mix, unlike some of my novelty phals.

Project: Growing Phalaneopsis pallens from seed

 

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