HOW TO MAKE AN ORCHID REFLOWER?

HOW TO MAKE AN ORCHID REFLOWER?




Orchids are usually bought while flowering, and can bloom for many weeks if well cared, HOW TO MAKE AN ORCHID REFLOWER.

When their flowers do eventually fade and die, encourage them to bloom again after a period of rest by following these simple steps.

BLOOMING HEALTH

The care needed to encourage an orchid to reflower will also keep your plant healthy, as you are offering the optimum conditions for it to thrive.

A healthy orchid can live for decades and bloom every 8 to 12 months.

HOW TO MAKE AN ORCHID REFLOWER.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED?

PLANT

 Mature orchid with fading flowers OTHER MATERIALS
Pot one size larger than the original with drainage holes in the bottom (optional)
Potting soil to suit the plant

TOOLS

Garden scissors
Soft cloth
Watering can
Mister spray or tray of wet pebbles
Suitable fertilizer

HOW TO MAKE AN ORCHID REFLOWER

HOW TO MAKE AN ORCHID REFLOWER

1 Cut back the flowering stems to just above the second pale horizontal band.

This allows the plant to put all its energy into making new leaves, rather than seed, which will supply energy for the next set of flowers.

2 Ensure the plant receives plenty of light, as too little sun will inhibit flower formation.

Bring it closer to a window during winter, when the light is weaker, and dust the leaves every week or two to maximize the amount of light they can absorb.

Remember to move the plant back out of direct midday sun during summer.

3 Repot the plant if it is tightly root-bound.
Use a pot just one size larger than the original, as most orchids prefer slightly cramped roots.

4 Keep your plant hydrated as necessary, watering less frequently during winter.
Mist the leaves and aerial roots every day or two with unsoftened water, or set on a tray of wet pebbles.

5 Apply a special orchid or balanced liquid fertilizer, using the correct dosage for your plant.
During winter, either fertilize the plant less or do not fertilize it at all, depending on its particular needs.

6 Check your plant’s temperature needs, including if it requires a marked drop at night.

After 9–12 months (depending on the type of orchid, move it to a cooler room to encourage buds to form, then bring it back into the warmth to bloom.

KNOW YOUR ORCHID’S NEEDS

HOW TO MAKE AN ORCHID REFLOWER.

Each type of orchid requires slightly different conditions to thrive and reflower, so check yours in the Orchids section of the Plant Profiles chapter and tailor your care accordingly.

1 Take seasonal variations into consideration.

Some orchids from cool, humid forests like lower temperatures, while others, such as moth orchids, flower well in warmer conditions.

2 Look out for orchids that need a marked difference between day and night temperatures, to form flowers, Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium nobile, and Vanda all fall into this category.

3 Check if your plant needs a high-potassium fertilizer instead of a special orchid fertilizer to flower.

4 Be patient. While moth orchids could reflower after a dormancy of just 8 months, most orchids will only bloom once a year.

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