What can you do to start an orchid to regrow some flowers?

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (6 posts)
  1. cardelean profile image92
    cardeleanposted 6 years ago

    What can you do to start an orchid to regrow some flowers?

    I have an orchid that has not bloomed in almost a year.  Is there something that I can do to generate some flowers on this plant or will it no longer blossom?

  2. cactusbythesea profile image84
    cactusbytheseaposted 6 years ago

    There's a few things you can try.  Often, the plant is getting too much light or not enough, so it may need to be moved to a different spot in your house.  Unless the leaves look burnt, it's probably getting too little light.

    Exposing the plant to consistent temperature drops have been known to encourage blooming.  Leave it by an open window during cool summer nights for about 3 to 4 weeks.  A 10 degree temperature drop from the daytime indoor temperature is best.

    Good luck, orchids can be very picky about blooming.

    1. cardelean profile image92
      cardeleanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, if we get any cool nights soon I'll give that a try.

  3. DIYmyOmy profile image70
    DIYmyOmyposted 6 years ago

    Orchids all have a long period of blooming, and an equally long period of rest. Once all buds have bloomed and dropped off the plant, do not cut off the bloom spike--some varieties, notably Phalaenopsis species--will re-bloom on a shoot that arises off the previous bloom spike. In all orchids, only cut back bloom spikes if they are clearly dry, brown and repleted.

    When your plant has entered its rest period, give it the same light and temperatures as it enjoyed while blooming, and water as needed, which is usually less often than it needed while blooming. Check the moistness of the potting mixture with a fingertip and water as needed to keep some moisture present at all times. Never allow an orchid to stand in water--use a drain pan under the plant that contains pebbles, or water in a sink, then put the plant back in the saucer when it has stopped dripping.

    You may do as I do and "retire" your resting plants to another windowsill where they can enjoy peace and quiet but not be so prominently on display. While not an ugly plant, a resting orchid is certainly not as lovely as during its bloom cycle, so many of us put the resting plants into a spare room.

    As soon as you see a new flower spike emerge from the base of the plant or from an existing spike, begin training it by clipping it to a flexible wire support with an orchid clip. This will prevent the flower spike from drooping over the side of the pot (Some growers prefer their plants to show their natural form and leave the flower spikes to trail; this is a matter of personal preference.)

    Depending on the species, your orchid may bloom for a period of a few days to six months or more. Rest periods also vary family to family but in general expect your plants to rest from two to six months. Be patient; you will be rewarded with months of blooms!

    1. cardelean profile image92
      cardeleanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for all of your information DIYmyOmy.

  4. zsobig profile image85
    zsobigposted 6 years ago

    Growing and caring for an orchid is not that hard; if you follow these tips and tricks you can surely be the proud owner of an amazing plant soon! read more


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)