Phalaenopsis ‘Cosmea 20’

Family: Orchidaceae

Phalaenopsis ‘Cosmea 20’ is a glamorous looking Phalaenopsis with richly coloured flowers in shades of wine and Burgundy.  The velvety blooms are nicely complimented by their patterned ivory lip which is decorated with claret coloured markings and touches of gold highlights; while the petals are enhanced by a light picotee edging.  My Phalaenopsis ‘Cosmea 20’ plant currently has two flower spikes, which are both up to around 30cm (12inches) tall.  This variety has a naturally branching habit, giving the plants added interest.

This gorgeous Phalaenopsis was one of feature plants on the Edible Bus Stop’s ‘Botanical Rhapsody’ Houseplant Studio at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.  The Phalaenopsis orchids in the Edible Bus Stop’s Houseplant Studio were all grown by Love Orchids’s specialist orchid nursery, in the UK.  If you want to purchase your own Phalaenopsis here is a link to Love Orchids’ website.

Phalaenopsis orchids thrive in a humid atmosphere, they often do well in bathrooms and kitchens, and will flourish when grown together in groups of orchids and houseplants.  Avoid dry environments; keep your Phalaenopsis plants away from radiators, heaters, stoves, ovens, and open fires.  Cold draughts are also detrimental and are another factor to bear in mind when deciding where to position your Phalaenopsis; consequently, avoid placing your Phalaenopsis ‘Cosmea 20′ plant near your front or back doors or any cold, draughty areas.

When choosing where to position your Phalaenopsis ‘Cosmea 20’ plant, look for an area where the light is bright but gentle; avoid harsh, direct light as intense sunlight will scorch your orchid’s sensitive leaves.  South-facing windows are unadvisable, as unless you have a net curtain or a frosted window the sunlight can be too intense.  Take care to avoid areas where afternoon sunlight shines brightest, as sunshine is more powerful in the afternoon.

I enjoy watering all of my Phalaenopsis plants with rainwater collected from my roof.  I really believe it’s worth collecting rainwater, as our tap water contains salts which can be harmful for orchids.  In autumn, winter, and spring time, I ensure that my rainwater is brought indoors to warm up and reach room temperature before I water my plants.

Phalaenopsis ‘Cosmea 20’ is a tender plant that makes a perfect houseplant.  These orchids need to be grown indoors, a warm room where the temperatures are always above 13C (55F) at night.

To see my full guide on how to grow and re-flower Phalaenopsis orchids, please click here.

This Phalaenopsis ‘Cosmea 20’ plant was sent to me by Love Orchids.  Here’s a link to Love Orchids website where you can purchase your own British grown Phalaenopsis orchid.

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