In Greek, the name Phalaenopsis means 'moth', referring to the shape of the flower. The plant was brought back to Western Europe around 1700 from exploratory expeditions to the tropical rain forests of Asia, New Guinea and Australia.
The Phalaenopsis is an easy-care plant, and appreciative of good care. The blooms are absolutely essential for floristic creations and interior design. It is an aristocratic plant that will augment those special times in peoples' lives. Symbolically, the plants represent solidarity, femininity, cooperation and self esteem.
The Orchid family to which the Phalaenopsis belongs is one of the largest plant families in the world.
There are more than 20,000 known and cultivated varieties, with more being discovered all the time.
The Phalaenopsis is much-loved and popular with customers because of its unique, exotic character and long storage life.
In warmer climates, especially in the tropical rain forests, the Phalaenopsis often grows on trees, branches and twigs, with its roots exposed to the air: the so-called epiphytic plant. Epiphytic plants grow in places from which they do not need to extract their nutrition. In terms of plants care, this means that they need very little water and they can be grown on special culture mediums, noticeable by the frequent use of translucent pots.
The Phalaenopsis enjoys a particularly long blooming cycle. Below you will find a short summary of the duration of the different phases.
|Length of cultivation: laboratory||4 months||-|
|Length of cultivation: windowsill||7 months||28|
|Length of cultivation: warm location||7 months||28|
|Length of cultivation: air conditioning||3 months||18|
|Length of cultivation: regeneration||2 months||21|
|Laboratory plants||Bedding plants||Potted plants||Flowering plants|