Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’

Family: Orchidaceae

Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’ is a Phalaenopsis with white blooms, which are extensively decorated with splashes of claret; these rich markings are more concentrated in the middle of the bloom and radiate outwards from the centre of the flower.  The flower’s petals and sepals are decorated with dramatic Burgundy blotches, which are matched by the bloom’s deep claret coloured lip.  Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’ is a very striking orchid.

Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’ is a hybrid created by Plant Breeder Tse-Ming Lu, as a result of crossing Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Light’ with Phalaenopsis ‘Tinny Moonlight’.

This Phalaenopsis is smaller in stature than the standard Phalaenopsis plants that you tend to find in supermarkets, garden centres, and florists.  My Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’ plants stand between 25cm (10inch) and up to around 30cm (11inches) tall.  If you’re looking for a new indoor plant, Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’ would be a great choice; this hybrid Phalaenopsis has been especially bred to be more adapted to the conditions found inside our homes.

Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’ thrives in bright, yet soft lighting.  Avoid intense or direct sunlight, which may 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 ‘Champion Swan’ plant 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.

Phalaenopsis ‘Champion Swan’.

Wherever possible, I recommend watering orchids with rainwater, as the salts in tap water are often 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 would 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 ‘Champion Swan’ 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).

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

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My plant that you see pictured above was grown 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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