Intro:Phalaenopsis celebensis is native to the Celebes islands located in the Celebes Sea directly south of the Philippines. This plant likes warmth, shade, and high humidity to do best. It does not get large and develops many flowers per spray(up to 150 on mature plants) of 3/4” white to off white flowers with brown on either side of the lips.
**Click on the highlighted text for direct links to product pages**Light:Grow this plant in low light; 500-800 foot-candles is ideal. Higher light and the leaves may turn red. Good for artificial light culture as well.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.Humidity:50% or higher is ideal. The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker. Please click on the underlined text for more information on these products.Water:It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. Water as the mix approaches dryness but do not allow the mix to become completely dry between watering.
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.Fertilizer:Use
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.
We highly recommend
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.
Other fertilizers offered are as follows: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula) and GrowMore 20-6-16 (Tropical plant food with calcium and magnesium additives).Flowering:Flowering season usually begins in the spring and can continue right up into the fall and early winter. The spikes are long-bloomed, and can last from 4-6 months. The flowers come out like a foxtail in a circular fashion, spiraling up the stem. The flowers have no fragrance. Allow the plant to flower as long as you like, then cut the spike all the way down when finished. Flower colors are white with larger sepals and smaller petals. The petals are brushed in a rose mahogany color, the column is colored in brighter pink purple, and the lip is white with a bit of tan striping.Repotting:This plant prefers growing in New Zealand sphagnum moss. It can be grown in bark mixes, but bark tends to rob nitrogen and the plants are sensitive to that. If you use bark, make sure the fertilizer levels are enough to replenish the loss. Utilizing New Zealand sphagnum moss, the nutrients are immediately available to the plant at all times. Change the sphagnum moss approximately once a year. A good time to repot is in the fall after blooming is finished.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock,charcoal, tree fern fiber, osmunda fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.