Paraphalaenopsis sp. (Paraphalaenopsis) is a small shrub, growing between 2-5 ft in height. They prefer a semi-shade location, as they are epiphytes in their native habitats in Borneo. These plants provide a unique and unusual color in the garden, with their pink, white and off-white, as well as yellow and orange flowers.
In terms of its hardiness, Paraphalaenopsis sp. can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11. For cold regions, the plant may be grown in a pot inside the house or in a heated greenhouse. When grown in pots, it is important to use bark chips as a potting medium. The bark should be free-draining and water should be allowed to drain freely from the pot. If the soil becomes sodden, repot the plant in a well-drained potting mixture with a slightly tighter structure.
Paraphalaenopsis also likes to be watered thoroughly, but only when the potting medium has dried out. During the growing season (typically between spring and autumn), one should water the plant every two to three weeks. During winter, reduce the frequency of watering to allow the plant time to go more dormant. Fertilize the plant every two to three weeks using a balanced fertilizer at one-quarter to half the recommended rate.
Finally, do not forget to mist your Paraphalaenopsis regularly, especially in warmer climates. This will prevent the leaves from drying out, and ensure the plant receives adequate humidity. With the right conditions, Paraphalaenopsis will continue to reward you with beautiful flowers season after season.