White orchid is a symbol of peace. It is often used to create spectacular and original wedding bridal bouquets. White flowers look aesthetically pleasing against the background of a wedding dress.
Such an unusual and stylish plant is able to delight the owner's eye with its abundant flowering for a long time. Caring for him is not characterized by special complexity, however, the white beauty prefers to be in the center of attention of the flower grower.
As a rule, in its pure form, white orchid is extremely rare. Most often, the white flowers of this plant have pink blotches or pink fringing of petals. Often white orchids are called plants that have slightly pink flowers. Pink varieties along with white ones symbolize or mean virgin, pure love, as well as extraordinary femininity.
In the photographs, white orchids resemble fluttering butterflies, which stand out beautifully against the green leaves of the plant. Some species look like a huge white heron.
The meaning and symbolism of a white orchid
The colors of orchids have a symbolic meaning:
- a white or pink orchid flower in a bouquet means a symbol of love, as well as refinement and devotion;
- From time immemorial, white and pink colors in almost all countries have the meaning of purity, innocence and boundless tenderness.
Due to the fact that white flowers are associated with tender feelings of love, as well as immaculate aspirations, they can most often be seen against the backdrop of the bride's dress. The value of this flower is difficult to underestimate as a classic gift.
Popular varieties of white orchids
The most commonly grown at home are white orchids of the Phalaenopsis species, referred to as butterfly butterflies. Such a plant has several advantages that distinguish it from other orchids:
- possesses flowers that are largely reminiscent of fluttering moths;
- flowering can occur up to three times in one year;
- in addition to white, Phalaenopsis flowers can have yellow, red, greenish or pink color, which depends on the variety;
- the stem has a different height and sometimes reaches 1 m;
- the plant has a large root system and well-developed roots;
- pseudobulb completely absent;
- leaves located on the stem have a linguistic shape, they are wide and have a dark green color;
- at the base of the last formed leaf, a flower arrow forms on the stem.
How to care for orchids
Currently, epiphytic white orchids are extremely popular among flower growers:
- miniature Phalaenopsis with a stem height of up to 30 cm and well-developed roots;
- standard "Phalaenopsis" with a stem height of up to 1 m and a well-developed root system.
It should be remembered that for a stalk having a considerable height, despite the roots being strong and well-retained in the planting substrate, support may be required. Compared to other orchid species, the Phalaenopsis is very unpretentious.
Orchids of this kind need good supervision. It is important to correctly select the location of the plant at home. It should have good lighting and protection from the hot sun. Ideal is the location on the southeastern or eastern window sills. Acceptable daily temperatures should not exceed + 25 ° C. At night, temperatures are allowed to drop to +16 ° C.
At the stage of selection and acquisition, a thorough inspection of the plant should be carried out. It should have light gray roots. As a rule, flowers are sold in transparent plastic landing containers, which greatly facilitates visual inspection of the root system. For the purpose of prevention, a newly acquired plant is recommended to be treated with fungicides.
Incorrect care can cause orchids to develop various diseases. As a rule, the main violations relate to irrigation activities. Excessive or illiterate watering quite often causes fungal root damage.
White "Phalaenopsis" prefer high rates of humidity in the room. It is recommended that the grower regularly spray and humidify the air. However, water during irrigation should not penetrate deep into the core of the leaf outlet.
For reproduction, you should choose a certain period. As a rule, white "Phalaenopsis" are bred with the help of "children" formed on the stem part. When the shoot reaches a height of 5 cm, it is separated from the mother plant and transplanted into a separate planting substrate.
White Phalaenopsis orchids need a water-absorbing and friable substrate, which can be represented by the bark from the trunk of an old pine. The bark should be cleaned of the resinous type of substances, which is achieved by boiling the bark in water. The finished bark for the substrate cools, and then thoroughly crushed. Watering the plant immediately after transplantation is impractical.
We also suggest that you learn about the rules for growing Wanda's orchid.
Expert advice and recommendations
All gardeners who want to grow a white orchid at home should remember that such a plant is characterized by long flowering and an almost complete absence of a period for rest.
Flowers in the conditions of competent and proper care can last on peduncles for more than one month. After flowering, you cannot make a mistake and prune the flower stalk without making sure that the plant will no longer form flower buds on it.
If necessary, pruning the peduncle should definitely leave about three or four buds that are located near the leaf outlet. All tools that will be used for trimming should be clean and sharp enough.
White Orchid Growing Tips
White orchids belonging to the Phalaenopsis species are unusually exquisite plants with magnificent flowers. They are considered true aristocrats against the backdrop of their own kind, but they require competent care, as well as a sensitive attitude.