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One of the showiest houseplants, moth orchid, or Phalaenopsis orchid, is remarkably easy to grow -- despite its reputation. Phalaenopsis orchid also offers some of the best variety; look for miniatures that grow only a few inches tall to big hybrids that produce 3-foot-tall spikes of flowers. The blooms appear in a rainbow of colors -- from pinks to reds, yellows and oranges, lavender, green, and white. Most bloom only once a year, but the flowers can last six months or more.
Grow moth orchid in a spot where it gets medium to bright light (such as on the windowsill of a north- or east-facing window). Water and fertilize Phalaenopsis orchid weekly in spring and summer when they're growing; hold off the plant food and water less in fall and winter when the plants usually rest. Like many houseplants, moth orchid does best in high humidity.
Pot Phalaenopsis orchid in orchid bark or sphagnum moss; if you grow it in potting mix, the roots will likely rot and die.
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