A cute miniature species native to India with small 2-3 inch leaves. The flowers are colored in white and have light chocolate lips that are hinged and move about in the wind. This is an excellent miniature that can grow well either in pots or on slabs. We believe they do best in pots with sphagnum moss. If you wish to mount this species on a slab, use cork and a bit of moss under the roots.
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Intro:This is a dwarf species from Burma with leaves 2-3 inches long. The flowerscapes are about 3-5” long and are from 3 to 7 flowered. Flowers are small, up to one half to three quarters of an inch across, white, with the sepals being larger than the petals. The lip is basically a tan colored with a little white stripe vertically down the lip. The lip is very big with large side lobes.
The plant is a native of Moulmein, Burma. In nature, it loses it leaves during the dry season that coincides with the change in winds. In November, the winds change and come out of Manchuria, bringing much drier, cooler air to the area. Some of the plants will lose all of their leaves. You may think the plant is dead, but there is still a live root system and green stem. Very often in nature it is not unusual to see the plant in flowers before the leaves develop. It is found growing on trees covered with heavy moss, and is subject to great heat and moisture during the growing season. In cultivation, however, plants will generally retain their leaves through the winter if the potting medium is kept slightly damp. Do not keep this plant extremely wet during this rest season, which generally begins in late November to mid-January.Light:As with other phalaenopsis, grow in low to medium light. 750-1200 footcandles are ideal.Humidity:This plant prefers higher humidity 50% or above. However, in the winter they can tolerate lower humidity during the drier season.Water:Water as the plant just dries out. In small pots, this can mean every three to four days. If the plant is mounted on a slab, water every day unless there is sphagnum moss or cocoa fiber to help retain moisture.Fertilizer:We highly recommend using Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up. For plants in moss or mounted on slabs feed every third or 4th watering as the moss holds a lot of nutrients.
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.Flowering:Phal. parishii lobii can begin flowering anywhere from midwinter(late December to early January) on through the springtime. They have been known to bloom more than once per year. They make wonderful little hybrids when crossed with Doritis pulcherrima, or other small, brightly colored flowers.Repotting:The best time to repot this plant is in the spring before the flush of new growth. Pot in a mix that drains well, or has a lot of air around it. It can be grown in a fir bark mix, or sphagnum moss. Some people mount them on cork slabs. All are acceptable but the key is in the watering: don't keep the plant wet for too long a period, or you will rot the roots off. If growing in pots, it should be repotted every year into a loose firbark mix. Do not overpot this plant, as it resents it.