Phalaenopsis ‘Cadillac’

Family: Orchidaceae

Phalaenopsis ‘Cadillac’ is a beautiful Phalaenopsis with large pink blooms.  This Phalaenopsis produces larger sized flowers than most of the standard Phalaenopsis plants that you tend to find in supermarkets, garden centres, and florists.  My Phalaenopsis ‘Cadillac’ plants produce these stunning pink blooms, they really are fabulous!  I adore the freckling on these Phalaenopsis; this is an exquisite plant.

Phalaenopsis thrive in bright but indirect lighting.  Avoid placing your Phalaenopsis anywhere near intense or direct sunlight, which will damage this Phalaenopsis hybrid’s sensitive leaves.  When placing your plants, look for areas inside your home where the sunlight is bright but there’s no glare or harshness to the lighting.  A position in soft sunshine or partial shade will suit your Phalaenopsis very well indeed.

Like many orchids, Phalaenopsis thrive in a humid environment.  I raise the humidity levels around my Phalaenopsis plants by collecting my plants together to form attractive groups of plants.  Pebble trays topped up with water will also help to provide your Phalaenopsis ‘Cadillac’ with higher humidity levels and improved growing conditions.  When using pebble trays, place an upturned saucer over the pebbles and position your potted Phalaenopsis on top, ensuring that the base of your plant’s pot is above the water level.  It’s important to ensure that there’s no chance that the base of the Phalaenopsis’ pot will absorb any of the water – as this could be detrimental to your plant’s roots.

I collect rainwater from my roof for my orchids and houseplants.  I recommend watering orchids with rainwater, as over time the salts in tap water can be very detrimental to orchids.  However, if you’re unable to collect rainwater, reverse osmosis water, or deionised water can be used to water Phalaenopsis and other orchids.  In the summer, it’s possible to move Phalaenopsis plants outdoors to enjoy a shower of warm rainwater but this can only be done in the summertime, as your plant will not appreciate a shower of cold rainwater in cooler weather!  In autumn, winter, and springtime, gently warm up your rainwater before giving it to your plants.  Store your collected rainwater indoors for a couple of days to give the water sufficient time to acclimatise to room temperature, before watering your plants.  Fresh snow can also be collected and melted and warmed up to water Phalaenopsis and other orchids.

I fertilise my orchids with Orchid Focus Grow for my plants that aren’t in flower and Orchid Focus Bloom for my plants that are in bud or in bloom.  I dilute Orchid Focus fertiliser with rainwater, following the recommended dosage on the pack.  I apply this dilute feed once a week for three weeks in a row; on the fourth week I give my plants plain rainwater.  I skip the feed altogether for one week and then I resume fertilising my plants once a week, when the process starts again.

If your Phalaenopsis ‘Cadillac’ plant stops flowering and hasn’t produced any new flower buds for an extended period of time, try moving your plant to a room with cooler night time temperatures, as this change in temperature and growing conditions can encourage your plants to bloom.  However, it’s important to remember that these Phalaenopsis are tender plants; accordingly, ensure temperatures don’t ever dip below 16C (61F).

Phalaenopsis ‘Cadillac’ is a hybrid created as a result of crossing Phalaenopsis ‘Cadmium Gold’ with Phalaenopsis ‘Malibu Imp’.

Find more tips for growing and re-flowering Phalaenopsis in this article that I’ve dedicated to Phalaenopsis.

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My ‘Cadillac’ Phalaenopsis plant that you see pictured above was raised by Double H Nurseries, in the UK.  Here’s a link to the Love Orchids website, if you’d like to purchase your own plant.

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