Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’

Family: Orchidaceae

Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ is a hybrid Phalaenopsis with ivory flowers that are rather beautifully illuminated with orchid-pink veining.  The pink colouring suffuses with the ivory towards the outer regions of the petals and tepals; all are highlighted with an ivory picotee edging, which further enhances this flower’s beauty.  ‘Honeybee’ flowers’ lips are also ivory with the same orchid-pink veining, but they are also imbued in gold.  The overall effect is very pleasing, making Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ a desirable acquisition.

If you’re looking for a new houseplant for a warm room that’s light and bright, but the sunlight is never harsh or intense, Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ would be a great choice.  Harsh sunlight can scorch Phalaenopsis leaves, so avoid placing this plant on a window sill or near a window that’s brightest in the afternoon, as sunlight tends to be more intense in the later part of the day.

I’d advise you to avoid placing your Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ plant anywhere near a cold draught, or from a source of hot, dry air – keep Phalaenopsis plants away from radiators, storage heaters, stoves, or open fires.  One of the worst places to try and grow a Phalaenopsis orchid is on a window sill above an operational radiator – this is truly one of the most unsuccessful positions you could choose for your plant.  Phalaenopsis thrive in a more humid environment.  Misting your plants with rainwater will help to raise the humidity levels around your orchid until the water evaporates, but by grouping plants together, perhaps a cluster of Phalaenopsis orchids, or place your Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ plant together with a Peace Lily (also known by its botanical name, Spathiphyllum wallisii), or with other houseplants that thrive in a warm, humid room with bright but soft lighting.

A shallow pebble tray that’s regularly topped up with water will successfully raise the humidity levels around your plants, but take care to place an upturned saucer or something that will hold your Phalaenopsis plant up and out of the water.  If you place your Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ plant in the water it will be continually wet, which can cause problems.  A cycle where the plant is misted and then allowed to dry out a little before it is misted again is usually very successful.  Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ roots are usually green when they’re wet and have just been misted and then they gradually turn white or silvery as they dry out.  If you don’t mist your orchid when the roots are green but administer a spray of rainwater when the roots have turned silvery, your plant will be very happy.

I feed all of my orchids with Orchid Focus fertilisers.  I’ve been using these products for many years now and I would happily recommend them.  I give my Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ Orchid Focus Grow during the autumn and winter months, and Orchid Focus Bloom during the spring and summer months.  If a plant is in bud or in flower, I will use Orchid Focus Bloom.  I should also mention that I don’t fertilise orchids that aren’t actively growing – these plants are just given rainwater.  I use rainwater for all of my orchids and houseplants.  If you can collect rainwater for your plants, I would recommend it.

In 2022, the Royal Horticultural Society presented Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ with an Award of Garden Merit.  Orchids that are presented with an Award of Garden Merit are considered to grow and flower well given their appropriate growing conditions.

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My Phalaenopsis ‘Honeybee’ plant was sent to me by Love Orchids.  This orchid was grown by Double H Nurseries, in the UK.

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