How to make an orchid bloom again indoors?
Orchids are pretty indoor plants that are very popular for the beauty of their flowers. They are not difficult to maintain if you follow a few basic rules and have, moreover, the particularity of flowering several times a year. Unfortunately, it can happen that the flowers wither completely and that the plant is thus found bare. Don't panic: so that you can make the most of your orchid's pretty flowers, Flowy has concocted a guide full of valuable advice to make your orchid bloom again.
1. A bit of light
Orchids need good light to thrive. If they no longer flower, it may be that they don't have enough. Remember to check the color of the leaves of your plant: if they are dark green, it means that they lack light. The ideal is to place your orchid near an East or West facing window, away from direct sunlight which could burn its leaves. Also don't hesitate to turn your pot from time to time to allow the whole plant to grow evenly.
2. A dash of fertilizer
In spring and summer, when your plant is growing, it is recommended to use a special orchid fertilizer after each watering. Be sure to water well before feeding to prevent mineral buildup on the roots. The nutrients present in the fertilizer will facilitate the growth of your plant and help it produce pretty flowers. The rest of the year, your orchid's needs are less, so be sure to limit the amount of fertilizer you apply to give it time to rest .
3. Regular but controlled watering
Orchids need regular watering in order to flower. During the summer period, immerse your plant in water at room temperature for 15 minutes, about once a week. In winter, reduce watering to twice a month. Then be sure to drain the pot well before putting it back in its cachepot. Indeed, stagnant water could damage its roots and therefore prevent the proper development of your plant and its flowers.
4. A chic cut
To make your orchid bloom again, remember to remove faded flowers that have not fallen by themselves. The cut will be different depending on its variety.
The stems of Phalaenopsis orchids can flower repeatedly. So wait a few days, take a pruner then cut the stem between the 2nd and 3rd node from the bottom.
The Cambria orchid does not bloom again on stems that have already given flowers, so you can cut them from 2 or 3cm from the base.
Finally, do not remove the canes from the Bamboo Orchid right away. The latter bloom only once, but serve as a reservoir for the new canes which will arrive very soon. Pruning is done only on the oldest ones, making sure that there are always 3 or 4 left in the pot.
Remember to disinfect your pruning shears well using a flame or alcohol to avoid the transmission of disease from one plant to another. Thanks to this cut, a new growth as well as new buds should quickly appear.
5. A suitable temperature
The Orchid loves heat and will thrive in an environment where the temperature is between 16 and 27°C. It can survive very well in lower temperatures, but studies have shown that heat helps trigger growth and the opening of new flowers. Indeed, the flowering of orchids results from the alternation of warmer temperatures during the day and cooler at night. If you want to reproduce this difference, prune your orchid as explained above and place it in a cool place for about twenty days at the beginning of autumn.
6. Gradual repotting
Finally, remember to repot your plant every two to three years in a larger pot than the previous one. We also recommend that you improve its drainage to avoid the accumulation of water at the roots which could cause them to rot. To do this, place a bed of gravel, small pebbles or clay balls at the bottom of the pot.