White orchid (Phalaenopsis)

The white orchid is a very beautiful and elegant plant, which attracts a lot of attention and, in addition, makes any corner of the home -or the garden if it is tropical- look wonderful. But do you know how to take care of it?

If you want to learn how to keep her completely healthy and happy, then I’m going to talk to you about everything you need to know about her to make it much easier for you to be able to contemplate her for a large number of years

Origin and characteristics

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The white orchid is an epiphytic plant, that is, that grows on the branches of trees, native to the tropical jungles of Southeast Asia. Its leaves are evergreen, glossy, somewhat leathery in texture, and green in color. The roots are aerial, thick, white except when they come into contact with water, which is when they turn green, thus contributing to photosynthesis.

Let us remember that plants are green because of chlorophyll, a pigment that is also essential for them to be able to produce food from solar energy and the carbon dioxide they absorb).

The flowers arise from a long stem, about 90 centimeters, and are composed of three sepals (pieces that shape the calyx) and three petals. These are quite large, about 4 centimeters, and sprout in spring although they can also do so in summer and even in autumn in climates without frost.

What is the scientific name of the white orchid?

The white orchid par excellence is the Phalaenopsis amabilis, and it is also known as the moon orchid. Anyway, you have to know that there is another one, which is Phalaenopsis equestris, but this species also produces flowers of other colors (pink, purple, more purple).

How is your care?

If you want to have a copy, here is how to take care of it:


It is a plant that, depending on the climate, can be indoors, outdoors, or anywhere, so let’s see where to put it:

  • Outdoors: if you live in a place where frosts never occur and where temperatures stay above 10ºC, you can grow it outside all year round. Place it in a bright area but without direct sun.
  • Indoor: if it is cold where you live, keep it in a bright room, away from drafts (both cold and warm), and with high humidity (this can be achieved with a humidifier, or by placing containers with water around).


Moderated. It is recommended to let the substrate dry a little before watering again. Use rainwater, osmosis, or lime-free.

I do not advise wetting the leaves, much less the flowers, as they could rot.


As substrate or soil it is advisable to use soil for orchids (on sale here ).

If you are going to have it in the garden, on a tree, use compost, or sphagnum moss.


Use specific fertilizers for orchids, following the instructions specified on the package. You can get it here.


Using scissors previously disinfected with pharmacy alcohol, remove the dry leaves and wilted flowers as you see them.

Planting or transplanting time

The white orchid is a plant that must be placed in the garden or changed pot in spring. If you have it in a container, you should know that it does not require many transplants since it tolerates small pots well, but always use transparent plastic pots (on sale here ).


The Phalaenopsis amabilis is multiplied by seeds, which germinate only if they are in symbiosis with mycorrhiza fungus, but also by keikis. The keikis are the suckers that produce the floral rods, which are separated from the mother plant in the following way:

  1. First, you have to hope that they have some roots.
  2. Then, with previously disinfected scissors, cut them.
  3. Lastly, plant them in individual pots, and water them.

Plagues and diseases

It is very resistant, but if the environment is dry it can be affected by scale insects that can be easily removed with a brush soaked in alcohol.

Related article:What are mealybugs?

If, on the other hand, it is very humid or if it is watered excessively, the fungi will rot their roots and their leaves may if they are pulverized. Treat with copper or powdered sulfur, space the waterings and avoid spraying, especially in autumn-winter.


As we said, it does not resist frost or cold. Its ideal temperature range is between 18 and 35ºC.

What is the meaning of the white orchid?

Humans have a tendency to put meaning to everything, and this flower could not be less. If they give you one, that person will be telling you that the love they feel for you is pure and true. Also, you should know that it also symbolizes wisdom, peace, transparency and sophistication.

At what price is it sold and where to buy?

It depends a lot on the seller and the size of the plant, but it usually costs between € 15 and € 30. If you don’t get it in nurseries, you can buy it from here:


€ 36.90

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