At a local supermarket today, flights of colorful butterflies appear to have landed inside their floral departments and they were flying out the automatic doors like I've never seen before. It was so heartwarming to see people walking out with blooming orchid plants. What was even more encouraging to see was a young college-aged couple each carrying an orchid (for their dorm room, perhaps?)
Phalaenopsis hybrid orchids have always been the easiest of all tropical orchids to grow. That's because even though they come from the deep forests of a warm and humid jungle, the hybrids actually like the same kind of conditions that people do favoring moderate light and moderate temperatures.
Here's the quick and dirty, you need to run out and get yourself a "Phal"!
-Indoors (admire them OFTEN)
-East facing window is best. No direct sun.
-Water once a week or when the pot feels "light".
-Pick off flowers as they fade and remove any dead leaves at the base.
-After they flower, you can use a sterile disposable razor to cut the stem just below where the very first flower was. This could encourage the stem to branch and give you new buds and more flowers!
ENJOY THEM AND IT'LL BE OKAY IF YOU KILL IT THE FIRST TIME. IT'S HOW YOU LEARN, HONEST!
Really, the hardest thing about Phals is choosing which color you like!