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Care mini orchids: What you need to know about the tiny phalaenopsis

Are you afraid that you will “break” your new mini orchids? Do not be fooled by their size and delicate appearance! Caring for mini orchids is just as easy as caring for the traditional plant.

Care for mini orchids properly

Proper care for mini orchids - tips and tricks

Just like their larger relatives, mini orchids are hardy plants that require minimal care to thrive. Their smaller structure makes them a more versatile decorating option, and their miniature flowers are a charming addition to any home’s interior decor.

Difference between minis and large plants

How mini orchids differ from the larger plants

Because they require the same growing conditions as full-grown plants, mini Phalaenopsis orchids can be successfully grouped and displayed with full-grown orchids. They even make a nice addition in the same pot with a larger orchid if space allows.

New owners of mini orchids will find that the biggest difference between mini and large plants is in quantity. Since mini orchids are usually sold in smaller pots, sometimes 5 inches in diameter, they require much less of everything: less growing medium, less fertilizer and less water.

How often should the delicate plant be watered?

Proper care and watering of mini orchids

Orchids should be watered every 1 to 2 weeks as needed – depending on temperature, humidity, air circulation and light conditions in the home.

Because of the smaller pot size, small phalaenopsis often require less water than a traditional plant.

Like larger orchids, mini orchids can dry out a bit between waterings without issue. To determine if your orchid needs water, you need to examine the soil and roots. If the roots are white or gray, it’s time for a shower – after watering, you’ll notice the roots turn a greenish color. Also touch the soil: When it has dried to a depth of about 5 inches, it’s time to water. If the soil is still moist, you can wait.

Orchids like to be watered from the bottom. Soak your mini plant in water for about 15 minutes, then drain it thoroughly until all the excess water has drained away. Never let water sit in the planter, as this can lead to problems such as mold and root rot, and can attract pests such as insects.

Other important care tips for the mini orchid include

What should you pay attention to when caring for the tiny Phalaenopsis.

  • Light: Leave your mini orchid in a sunny spot, but avoid direct sunlight. Place the flower in an east-facing window that gets only subdued sun, or block out some of the direct sun by placing it behind a translucent screen or screen in a south-facing window. Supplement artificial lighting if you can’t provide enough natural light. Fluorescent lights are the best alternative.
  • Maintain a comfortable climate: to keep your Mini Orchid thriving and blooming, maintain a controlled temperature between 21 °C and 27 °C in the room where the Mini plant is located. For this reason, mini orchids can be successfully maintained indoors. In addition, you should provide a certain level of humidity. To do this, you can either spray your orchid with a mist to give it a more humid atmosphere, or place a bowl of water under the pot to humidify the air around the small plant.
  • Minis Soil: When buying mini phalaenopsis, look for healthy root growth. Most growers sell mini plants in pots planted with sphagnum moss. Not only does this look attractive, but the moss retains just the right amount of water for the tiny plants when they come to your home. Do not use the same bark mix that you would use for a regular orchid, as the mass of the bark pieces is not suitable for the size of the mini orchid.
  • Fertilizing: You can use the same orchid fertilizer once a month for your mini orchid that you would use for a regular orchid. However, again, be sure to reduce the amount accordingly. This may mean using about three times less fertilizer for your mini orchid than the recommended dose for a full-grown plant. Use your own discretion and remember: less is more!

Tips for repotting the tiny plant.

How often to repot the tiny plant

Mini orchids need to be repotted every 18 to 24 months. Or when they start to get too big for the pot they were originally placed in. Be sure to mix fresh soil with some existing soil from the previous planter. However, make sure that this soil is completely dry.

However, don’t be tempted to let them grow too large too quickly. Mini orchids are more comfortable in smaller pots. Alternatively, you can put them in a larger container along with larger orchids.

Mini Orchid Care: Flowering time

Mini orchids bloom just as often as their larger relatives

The blooming cycle of a mini orchid is very similar to that of a regular orchid. This means that they need to be pruned after their last bloom so they can bloom again. Do not skip this step. It is essential for your orchid to bloom year after year.