How do you care for phaius tankervilleae?

May, 2022
Darren Spalding

Keep plants dry for 3-4 weeks. Phaius wants to be kept evenly moist at the root. Phaius tancarvilleae is the best known species in this majestic genus. It has four and a half inches wide fragrant flowers in a variety of colors, including orange-purple and white-green in alba clones. Find out how to get the most blooms and how and when to prune, water, and fertilize.

Its scientific name is Phaius tankervilliae or Phaius grandifolius. Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) is one of the few succulents that are only grown for their flowers. Also reduce watering and give your orchid just enough water to prevent it from drying out.

How to care for Phaius orchids?

Nun orchids are found in tropical parts of Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Australia, and various islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. And there are some exceptionally beautiful hybrids — for example Phaius Microburst 'Wild Thing' has lovely salmon-colored large flowers. Place the nun's orchids in an area that receives lots of filtered, indirect sunlight, such as a north- or east-facing window. Phaius orchids are mainly land dwellers and are related to calanthe orchids (and once they belonged to a genus).

Watering should be plentiful, but the substrate should not be swampy - yes, Phaius is called a swamp orchid, but too much water kills roots and can provoke root rotting.

How to care for Phaius Tankervilleae?

Here it starts setting up the stems at the beginning of March, then the buds and then the flowers gradually open up over the length of the stem, making a nice show for about two months before I finally cut off the spent flower stalks in early May. Apply a 20-20-20 water-soluble fertilizer at half strength once a month or apply a 20-20-20 slow-release fertilizer every three months. Nun orchids grow best in filtered sunlight and are considered easier to care for than most other orchid varieties. I know someone who grows his Phaius tankervilliae all year round in his bedroom with a large panoramic window that is almost west facing.

How do I get my nun orchid to bloom?

If you're one of those lucky people who live in a frost-free, mild climate, you can grow these orchids outside in a flower bed or under large trees or shrubs (USDA zones 9-1). If you're one of the lucky people living in a frost-free, mild climate, you can grow these orchids outside in a flower bed or under large trees or shrubs (USDA zones 9-1. It's hardy outside in coastal and tropical south (zones 9 and where it likes good soil and light shade. If you're one of those lucky people who live in a frost-free, mild climate, you can grow these orchids outside in a flower bed or under large trees or shrubs (USDA zones 9-1). Outside in coastal and tropical south (zones 9) and where it likes good soil and light shade. If you find a location that is about 10 degrees cooler overnight, your orchid should react with more frequent blooms. On the other hand, the nun orchid's flower stalks grow up to 4 feet tall, so the plants take up little space in your window.

Use lukewarm, chlorine-free water as orchids are sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals dissolved in water.

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