Phalaenopsis pulcherrima is a terrestrial, lithophytic, and at times epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in a wide range of locations including: Vietnam, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and Cambodia.
In its native environment, Phalaenopsos pulcherrima grows as a terrestrial orchid, in free draining, sandy soils. This orchid can be found growing in areas that enjoy both the shelter of trees, shrubs, and taller plants, yet receive bright sunlight and good air circulation. As a consequence, Phalaenopsis pulcherrimma has developed as a versatile, adaptable orchid species, which can also be found as a lithophyte, growing upon rocks, in the wild. Lithophytic Phalaenopsis pulcherrima plants can often be found growing near water.
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima is a small to medium sized orchid species that produces brightly coloured pink or mauve flowers, which can vary quite a lot from one plant to another, in both their tone and colouration.
These orchids can be grown in a container or basket: choose a planter that features many drainage holes, as this orchid does not wish to sit in water. Wooden baskets are ideal, but terracotta pots can also work very well for this species. Phalaenopsis pulcherrima requires a free draining orchid compost mix, which can be comprised of a variety of ingredients including: large and medium sized bark chips, charcoal pieces, perlite, crushed bricks, sand, and pumice. Any number of these ingredients can be used, the aim is to create a free draining compost, which will allow water to run over the plant’s roots and run away freely through the container. This orchid’s compost mix needs to enable the Phalaenopsis pulcherrima plant to anchor and support the plant but remain aerated.
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima favours growing in warm to hot temperatures, in a very humid environment, with constant air circulation around the plant, and regular watering. Phalaenopsis pulcherrima favours bright, but filtered light. This plant requires a more brightly lit position than most Phalaenopsis species.
Articles that mention Phalaenopsis pulcherrima:
- Nov. 2020 – Phalaenopsis pulcherrima alba
- May. 2020 – An update on the equipment inside my Rainforest Terrarium (part two)
- May. 2020 – An update on the Paphiopedilum & Phalaenopsis orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium (part two)
- Mar. 2020 – An update on the Aerangis, Amesiella, and Angraecum orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium (part two)
- Mar. 2019 – An update on the Paphiopedilum and Phalaenopsis orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium
- Mar. 2019 – An update on the Aerangis, Amesiella, and Angraecum orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium
- Mar. 2019 – An update on the equipment inside my Rainforest Terrarium
- Sep. 2018 – Setting up my new Rainforest Terrarium
- Sep. 2018 – Rainforest Terrarium Planting List
- Nov. 2014 – Planting List for Terrariums and Bottle Gardens