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Phalaenopsis

The 60 species that comprisethe Phalenopsis genus. Phalaenopsis orchids are found in Sri Lanka, India, New Guinea, Australia, China, Philippines, and Borneo and .  Mostly grown in hot, steamy lowlands with a few species adapting to cooler climates and higher altitudes.  Generally grown in moist and humid habitats.  


The flowers often have large colorful leaves.  Lack of storage organs requires that these species have year around moisture and fertilization. Fantasy Flower Fertilizer is recommended.  Growing in low light situations is common, however, slightly higher light levels can produce better flowering.  Warm, moist, semi-shaded areas are recommended for cultivation.   Good air circulation should be provided to prevent diseases.