Phalaenopsis bastianii 4in
Phalaenopsis bastianii is native to the Philippines and Malaysia. It is a spring blooming species with cute dotty flowers that fade into a pale yellow over time. Blooms last 3-4 weeks. More drought tolerant than most hybrid Phals but can be cared for similarly. Great for those who grow grocery store Phals successfully.
Plant may vary from pictured. Unless stated, will not be in bloom.
Potting mix: Coarse/fine bark with some sphagnum moss added to slow drying. Repot in Spring once every other year as the bark begins to break down. Don't move up in pot size until fully root bound.
Light: Medium light. Bright North or East facing is preferred. Shield from direct light to protect the leaves from burning.
Water: Water when media is dry. Prefers a wet/dry cycle like most Phals.
Temp: Intermediate-warm (50F min night, 85F max day). A sustained cool period of 10-15 degrees lower for 1-2 weeks is necessary for re-blooming like many hybrid "grocery store" Phals. They often spike in winter and bloom in Spring.
Humidity: 30-80%, not picky.
Fertilizing: 1/4-1/2 strength urea-free fertilizer, every other watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Flush the pot with water once monthly to remove mineral build up. Decrease to 1/4 or 1/8 strength once monthly in Winter. Light feeders, less is more.