Phalaenopsis is considered one of the easiest Orchids to grow. There are native to the tropics of Asia, Africa, and Australia. The name Phalaenopsis derives from the Greek word phalaina meaning ‘moth’ and ‘opsis’ that means like. Since the flat flowers appear along a graceful, arching stem, they look just like hovering moths or delicate butterflies, hence the nickname “moth” Orchids. These blooms can be 5-10 cm (2-4”) across and they have 2 round petals, 3 sepals, and a small, three-lobed lip at the bottom. Phalaenopsis Orchids are available in white, pink, yellow, violet, or red, or marked in combinations of 2 colours, with many variations to choose from. Flowering occurs in winter and spring though growers today are making them available year round. Individual blooms last for 2 months or more and well-established plants can flower 2 or 3 times a year. After the Orchid has finished blooming for the first time, cut the stem back to the second or third lowest bud. A new flower spike often emerges from this node in a few months. You can also prune the whole stem back to 5 cm (2”). This will sometimes promote a secondary spike.