Phalaenopsis micholitzii 3in
Phalaenopsis micholitzii is a rare polychilos (star shaped) Phal species native to the Phillipines. It produces white-yellow waxy flowers with a faint sweet fragrance. They grow quite slowly and will bloom from their short spikes sequentially (sometimes for years!). This is a very near or just blooming size orchid.
Pictured are variations seen in the flower color. The plant pictured is not the one you will receive and unless stated will not arrive in spike or bloom.
Potting mix: Coarse/fine bark with some sphagnum moss added to slow drying, mounted with moss. 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 afternoon or evening light to protect the leaves from burning.
Water: Water when media is dry. Prefers wet/dry cycle similar to most Phals. Decrease in winter, this variety likes to have a rest period.
Temp: Hot-warm (60F min night, 90F max day).
Humidity: 70-85% with good air flow. Can be acclimated to 50-60% humidity.
Fertilizing: 1/4-1/2 strength urea-free fertilizer, every 3rd-4th watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Flush the pot with water once monthly to remove mineral build up. Decrease to once monthly or less. Light feeders.
Photo credit: By K. Philip Wojtas - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85470987