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Phalaenopsis Taida Sweet gx 'Stripe Beauty'
  • RHS AGM

moth orchid Taida Sweet gx 'Stripe Beauty'

Medium sized, evergreen, upright growing epiphytic orchid. Broadly oval, green or dark green leaves up to 20 cm long emerge from the centre of the plant and are main storage of water and nutrients. New flowering stems appear from the base of older leaves. Long lasting, medium sized, cascading flowers are carried on racemes up to 60cm tall. Flowers are bilaterally symmetrical, pale cream with typical pink striped pattern.

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Pink Green
Summer Cream Pink Green
Autumn Cream Pink Green
Winter Cream Pink Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1A
Botanical details
Family
Orchidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Phalaenopsis are a large genus of species and hybrid mainly epiphytic orchids. Short, upward growing, stem-like rhizomes with no pseudobulbs produce oval, fleshy mid to dark green leaves and flowers in branched racemes from the base of the leaves

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in an open bark-based orchid compost. Provide enough bright filtered light, but keep away from direct mid-day sunlight or heating source. Ideal temperatures are around 17°C at night and 20 - 25 °C during day. Mist aerial roots regularly and water the plant when almost dry - pale, silvery roots are a good indication when to water. Orchid fertiliser can be applied regularly throughout the season. See Phalaenopsis cultivation.

Propagation

Propagation by seed is only possible in controlled laboratory environment. Mature plants may produce sideshoots (keiki) which may be removed and potted separately into orchid propagation mix when the new roots are at least 2cm long

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required. Cut back flowered stem to lower node to encourage further flowering.

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs, aphids and scale insects.

Diseases

Generally disease-free; avoid watering centre of the leaf crown, to prevent bacterial rots

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