Phalaenopsis amabilis, or moth orchids, are incredibly diverse as they come in all types of colors and styles. You may know them for their tall, elegant stance and the way it delicately bows its large, shapely, soft petals down towards the flower plot.
Moth orchids are the most common kind of orchids that can be found in your local stores. This is because they are incredibly easy to maintain, especially as your chosen indoor air purifier. They last for up to four months and are able to thrive without much need of sunlight.
As a beginner air purifier indoor plant owner, you won’t be able to make much mistakes, meaning your moth orchid could potentially be your forever plant child!
- Water your orchid according to the pot you put it in.
- Potting with bark will help retain enough water so you’ll only need to water them once a week.
- Please keep them in warm temperature. They do not like the cold! Nothing below 62 degrees.
- Don’t forget to feed them! They LOVE fertilizer! Good natural at-home-emergency fertilizer options for orchids are eggshells, potatoes, Epsom salt, etc… (Please refer to our previous blog post on fertilizer).
Get to know your Orchid:
- These types of orchids represent love, luxury, strength, and beauty and depending on the color, it could have multiple meanings layered on top of that, making them a great symbolic gift for a loved one.
- They are used for medicinal purposes when you use their petals to make teas out of them. The teas are made to improve eyesight and strengthen the immune system.
- Those airborne toxic gasses such as xylene and formaldehyde that are found in paint and common household products? You don’t have to worry about them anymore because of how these air purifiers absorb the toxins. The orchid exhales oxygen, especially during nighttime, so sleep easy that you’re not breathing the toxins with the orchid in place.
- The “Father of Taxidermy”, Carl Linneaus, named these orchids Moth Orchids because when he overlooked through his field glasses a field with them and thought he a cluster of the orchids were moths!