Fertilizing and fertilizer composition
For phalaenopsis, four-shield feeding is not a mandatory departure point. This orchid blooms both with regular fertilizer application during the phase of active leaf growth and vegetation, and with only 1-2 feeding in summer.
During flowering, and if a dormant period is issued, phalaenopsis tetraspis cannot be fed. But otherwise it’s better to use the standard strategy – to add fertilizer to the water in the standard dosage specified by the manufacturer at every third watering.
For this orchid, only special fertilizers for orchids are used.
During flowering, and if a dormant period is issued, phalaenopsis tetraspis should not be fed
Pruning and formation of phalaenopsis tetraspis
This species orchid pruning is contraindicated. Phalaenopsis tetraspis does not suffer any injuries, and even if the leaves dry out or turn yellow, before they are completely dry or there are no signs of serious rot and damage, they should not be separated.
But even in the latter case, pruning is best done only slightly wider than the damaged areas of the leaves, together with a thin strip of healthy tissue and, if possible, leaving at least some scraps of leaf plates. Peduncles on tetraspis cannot be cut off categorically until they are completely dry.
Transplant, containers and substrate
Phalaenopsis is transplanted every 2-3 years, with a complete replacement of the substrate or moss with a block. It is advisable to transplant in March.
Four-leaf Phalaenopsis can be grown both in special containers for orchids and on blocks. They prefer pine blocks and fixation with sphagnum and soft, natural twine rather than wire. But no worse they develop in the substrate. Moreover, valid cultivation options include pots and special hanging baskets.
You can change the soil culture on the block and vice versa regularly, orchids are easily adaptable, subject to quality care. The main condition for selecting containers is good air access to the roots and no risk of stagnation.
The selection of a suitable substrate for the selection of the classical method of cultivation for phalaenopsis chetyrehchitelny – a simple task. This orchid grows well in any special substrate for orchids, both containing several components, and in pure bark. Charcoal additives are desirable, as is the use of sphagnum. But in general, the main thing for this orchid is a quality bark.
Phalaenopsis adapt very well. Even seedlings without roots gradually build up a full-fledged root system. Therefore, you should not be afraid of transplantation. The roots are fragile, but with care they are rarely injured. When transplanting this orchid, you should carefully inspect the roots, removing all damaged areas.
After transplanting, the orchid is not watered, leaving it comparatively dry until it is adapted, but maintain high humidity to compensate for the lack of watering. When landing on a block under an orchid, you need to lay a very high layer of sphagnum.