Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis sp.) bear magnificent, long-lasting white, pink, red, purple, lavender, or yellow flowers.
How to Grow: Don’t overwater. Let the top inch of soil dry between thorough waterings. Make sure pots drain well. Don’t overfertilize. Feed plants only when they are producing lush new leaves. Use a slow-release orchid fertilizer. Don’t put plants in full sun—they’ll burn. Place them in an east or west window with bright, filtered light. A south window is okay in winter. A north window would probably be too dark. For more advice, see Costa’s orchid info site, orchidsareeasy.com.
How to Display: Use elegant vases to emphasize their exotic form. Place them in front of a mirror to double the impact.