Phalaenopsis Minho Princess

Phalaenopsis Minho Princess – seedling, first flowering

Most of my orchids grow outside all year in a shade house but the few Phalaenopsis in my collection are grown inside near a north east facing window. Phalaenopsis Minho Princess (or its older name, Doritaenopsis Minho Princess) is a hybrid registered in 1996 by SOGO Orchids of Taiwan. Tracing the breeding of Minho Princess on The International Orchid Register reveals parentage of a half dozen different species going back to the early 20th century.

I bought this plant on eBay in March 2013 as a seedling. It is currently growing in a 80 mm clear plastic pot with coconut husk chips, perlite and a little charcoal. It survived the winter with lows of 9°C in a room normally unheated. It’s housed in an Ikea SOCKER mini greenhouse to maintain humidity if the air conditioner is on for heating. It gets watered usually every 7-14 days in winter, every 4-7 days in summer and a weak fertiliser dose once a month in winter or once a week in summer.

The spike started in June (winter) with three flowers opening in late October (spring). The first flower is hidden behind the second flower in this image. I am still getting the hang of keeping the pot in the exact same spot so the flowers grow straight. A few days after taking this photo I found a caterpillar eating one of the flowers. Considering how small the plant is I will soon cut the flowers off and let the plant put more energy into growth now it’s nearly summer.

About Harlz

Harlz started collecting and growing orchids seriously in January 2013. His wife thinks it's a hobby for old folks, not younger men like him. In this blog he combines his other passion of photography, together with writing. He aims to provide an interesting diary for like-minded orchid collectors and the odd useful tip for the beginner. He also collects bonsai, grows roses and vegetables.

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