How to make an orchid that you have been offered bloom again?


The Orchid is a plant that can be offered to express love or friendship to a woman as to a man. In the big family of Orchidaceae, the Phalaenopsis is the most frequently offered Orchid, for all occasions or just for fun… to please someone you love. This is a very trendy gift, and whoever receives an Orchid cannot remain insensitive to its fascinating beauty. But now, after a few months (or a few weeks sometimes), the beautiful deflower, and many people do not find better than to throw it away, thinking that it is definitely dead. This is a serious mistake, because an Orchid blooms year after year against some good care. Let’s see how to perpetuate the message of love or friendship that we have received as a gift through a splendid Orchid that we just need to encourage by produce new flowers majestic.

Wilted orchid flowers: what to do?

The flowers of a Phalaenopsis Orchid have a lifespan of several months. They are of course already in bloom when we receive them as a gift. When the flowers wither, all that remains are long stems held to stakes and fleshy (evergreen) leaves. The attractiveness of a deflowered Orchid is not the same at all, but that is no reason to throw the plant in the compost. His life is not over, however, and after a period of rest, she will bloom again.

After deflowering, it is necessary to cut just the part of the deflowered stem, just above a node, which will encourage new flowering after a few weeks or months. The stem is cut flush with the neck only if it is completely wilted. One or more new stems will form after some time.

How to take care of an Orchid to make it bloom again?

One of the easiest orchid species to bloom again is the Phalaenopsis. But you still have to take care of it a minimum to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of its flowers.

Brightness

The Orchid needs a lot of light. The ideal is therefore to install it near a window located to the North or to the East, but above all not near a window facing south because it would burn the plant.

Humidity

L’Orchidée hates too dry atmospheres. For which’hygrometry that is sufficient, we therefore take care:

  • To lightly spray the foliage between two waterings, especially at the level of the collar, but in great moderation in order to very slightly moisten the collar and the surface of the substratum.
  • To raise several Orchids together or to place his Orchid in the middle of green plants. They will create an ideal microclimate by breathing.
  • To place his Orchids on a sufficiently large tray, covered with a bed of pebbles or clay balls that we cover with water. All that remains is to put a small screen above this bed, on which all that remains is to position the pots, a little as if the plants were installed on an island.

Be careful, under no circumstances should the flower buds and flowers of an Orchid get wet.

If the rooms in the house are too dry and / or too hot, you can invest in a humidifier to allow its Orchids as well as its other indoor plants to benefit from sufficient humidity.

Preferably a rainwater or a filtered water in a carafe at room temperature to spray and water an Orchid. Watering should only be done if the plant really needs it. It consists of wash the pot in a tub of water for about fifteen minutes and then let it drip out of the tub. We do not water if we notice that the substrate is still a little wet. We can also realize that it is time to water when the pot is ultra light.

Dusting

It is necessary to pass a soft cloth (not necessarily wet) on the leaves of the Orchid every 8 or 10 days in order to dust them. It is absolutely essential.

Fertilization

As Orchids are usually planted in substrates that do not contain nutrients, it is necessary to make Fertilizer contributions for Orchids to be diluted in water, throughout the year, but at a very low dose each time so as not to burn the roots. Ideally, a special fertilizer is distributed every 2 to 4 weeks between October and February, and every 10 days from March until the end of September (never more frequently) but always after prior watering.

Within 48 to 72 hours of adding fertilizer, it is strongly recommended to spray a little water on the surface of the substrate. This allows the mixture to be re-humidified by about 1 cm.

Repotting

An Orchid repots itself in a specific potting mix that can be purchased at any garden center. But let us note that it is beneficial for this type of plants that the substrate contains at least 30% maritime pine bark. This component degrades very slowly so that it can only be replaced after 24 months. In addition, it retains water in a reasonable manner, facilitates air circulation, and the roots adhere easily to it.

Preferably repot your Orchid in a transparent plastic pot with many holes, which allows you to easily check the condition of the roots and the level of dryness of the mixture. Unattractive, these pots can of course be placed in a basket or a flowerpot.

Are there factors that influence the color of an Orchid’s flowers?

The depth of flower color of all plants is influenced by the following conditions:

  • The intensity of the light,
  • The heat.

Based on this principle that we meet in nature elsewhere, we can easily place an Orchid in a place perfectly suited to get flowers with intense colors. The conditions also impact the color of the foliage, which can either show spots or become reddish if the Orchid is exposed to direct sunlight.

The flowers tend to fade in case of overexposure. That is why it is strongly recommended to place the plant near a glazing fitted with a curtain so that it benefits from homogeneous light and does not suffer from excessive heat. Moreover, Orchids raised in a relatively cool room (18 to 20 ° C) are adorned with flowers with more intense colors than those grown in rooms that are too hot (above 23 ° C). In a cool atmosphere, we can see that the flower buds are already more pigmented but they are also bigger, especially in Phalaenopsis.