How do I encourage my orchid to re-flower?
Most orchids sold are phalaenopsis and these are the best starter orchids for the home.
These can flower continuously for several years as either an existing flowering stem branches to produce more flowers or new stems are produced from the base. It is very important to keep your orchid in a good, well lit position but not in full sunlight.
Encouraging a phalaenopsis to re-flower is easy when following these straightforward guidelines:
- Water your orchid properly. Every time its roots and compost are almost dry, soak it for 15 minutes in your kitchen sink. The flowers eventually die and when two or three remain, cut the flower spike (which is the stem the flowers are on) off above any new buds on a side stem. The resulting side stem will flower three months later for several months. You can repeat this process when needed.
- When the spike dies back, cut it off at its base just above the plant. It is particularly important at this time that a bloom feed is used to promote a new flower spike.