Phals. Keep Losing Blooms
In late June, I purchased a "Just Add Ice" Phalaenopsis orchid. My windows face west so I placed it approximately 12 feet from the windows so it wouldn't get too much light. As instructed, I gave it three cubes of ice once a week. While the same Phals. are still blooming at the store I purchased mine from, my orchid dropped all its blooms - not that it had very many to begin with - after just a few weeks. I was stunned, because when I shared a home with a friend, she had a Phal. and it bloomed at least four months out of the year and often more than that. I cut the flower spikes just a couple of inches from the base as instructed and I'm continuing to water it. In the meantime, desperate for these beautiful flowers, I went to my local Home Depot and purchased another, larger and more heavily flowering Phal. The blooms started drooping the next day, and three have already dropped off. The temperature in my apartment is 72 F. I also have a ceiling fan on all the time, and it does lightly shake the orchid's blooms. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I can't afford to buy a new orchid every time all the blossoms drop from the previous ones! ;) Please help me, because I'm desperate to have beautiful orchids blooming longer than a few weeks - or, now, days - after I buy them!