This year, I’ve enjoyed getting to know a couple of new Phalaenopsis hybrids. These plants were grown in the UK by Double H Nurseries, they’re part of the nurseries’ new range of Phalaenopsis plants, which have all been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
The Award of Garden Merit was set up by the Royal Horticultural Society, to help gardeners find plants that will perform well in regular growing conditions, without any specialist care or attention. Plants that receive this accolade are reliable plants, that are reasonably disease resistant and free flowering. If you’re looking at a selection of plants and aren’t sure which one to choose, an AGM plant is a plant you can purchase knowing that particular plant has been trialled and tested and will perform well given the appropriate conditions. You’ll find AGM plants at your nursery, or garden centre, and online. AGM plants display the RHS AGM trophy symbol.
Phalaenopsis plants are such a blessing; they’re always at our side, bringing elegance to our living rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Phalaenopsis can be so floriferous; they flower whatever the weather or season, and can bloom continuously for a year or more at a time. These glamorous plants enhance any home, from chic apartments to country estates.
I first saw Phalaenopsis ‘Sunny Smell’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016 stand, at Chelsea. In the cool temperatures that day I could not detect any fragrance from this orchid’s sunset yellow blooms, but now that I have my own plant, I can enjoy the light fragrance of this Phalaenopsis. It’s a warm perfume, which has been enjoyed by my visitors.
Another AGM Phalaenopsis that I have particularly enjoyed getting to know, is Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’. This is a truly delightful Phalaenopsis! ‘New Life’ produces ivory flowers, which are delicately infused with a soft dusky pink. The overall look of the plant is very romantic and ethereal, it has a rather soothing quality. The centre of each bloom is quite charmingly freckled, the overall look is divine! Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’ produces a light, floral scent, these orchids are most fragrant in the mornings.
When choosing a position for your Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’ or ‘Sunny Smell’ plants, look for a location where your plant will enjoy bright, moderate, indirect light. Choose a spot where no harsh sunlight will shine directly onto your plant’s leaves or flowers. Harsh, direct light can scorch Phalaenopsis plants, if you notice that your plant has been scorched by too intense a light, move your plant to a shadier location.
If you’d like to grow these scented Phalaenopsis plants for yourself, you’ll find the full range of Double H Nurseries’ AGM Phalaenopsis plants sold in Waitrose and Marks and Spencer: look out for the British flag and the RHS AGM logo, (which is a trophy symbol) when purchasing your plants. Tesco and Sainsbury’s now stock Phalaenopsis plants grown at Double H Nurseries, but not plants from this AGM range. When choosing plants, look out for Phalaenopsis plants that display the British flag, to purchase plants grown at Double H Nurseries, in New Milton.
PS. Rather frustratingly, these Phalaenopsis orchids are often not labelled or sold by name – so your best chance of finding Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’ and ‘Sunny Smell’ is to pop into a Waitrose or Marks and Spencers store and look in their houseplants or florist section.
This article was first published in the November 2018 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.
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