X Doritaenopsis

X Doritaenopsis

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ORIGIN

Doritaenopsis includes all orchid hybrids between 'Doritis' and 'Phalaenopsis'. For the most part they look very similar and additionally have similar care needs. However, Doritaenopsis tends to produce more flowers. These flowers can also last longer and produce more vibrant, sharp colors than the Phalaenopsis. The potential downside is that their flowers are typically smaller in size.

The name Doritaenopsis derives from 'Doritis', which was another name given to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. As Aphrodite was the goddess of love, these orchids are sometimes thought to symbolize love, and so are often given as gifts to bestow good feelings and well-wishes to the receiver.

The 'Doritus' genus is native to southeastern Asia.

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CARE

Like other orchids, Doritaenopsis don't need very frequent watering. You can water again once the potting mix looks dry / a bit dusty. Another method you could use to check whether it needs more water or not is by lifting up the pot and feeling its weight. If it feels heavy, there is still water in the potting mix and so you don't need to water just yet. On the other hand, if it feels light you can go ahead and water it again.

It's also very important that you have your Doritaenopsis planted in a pot that has drainage holes. This allows excess water to drain out and escape the pot. If the excess water has no outlet, your plant will be susceptible to root rot, which can often be fatal.

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OTHER

'Doritis' flowers differ from Phalaenopsis in more ways than just their size - they also have a distinctive spear-shaped lip. This may also have helped to contribute to the plant's name, as dory is Greek for 'spear'.

They're also terrestrial (whereas Phalaenopsis orchids are often epiphytic, meaning they can grow without support), which leads to them having a more robust flower spike.