When Will My Orchid Produce Flowers Again?

by Marg
(Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada)

My orchids quit blooming months ago, and the branches they grew on turned brown and hard, so I cut them down to about 1 inch above the leaf. I have been fertilizing it every week or two and the leaves are still nice and green.When should I see new spikes growing on which new flowers will grow?

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Aug 11, 2011
Most Phals. Bloom Once a Year, Some Hybrids More
by: Melissa

Hi Marg,

Thanks for your question.

It sounds like your Phal. is doing well and acting like it should. And it sounds lite you are doing all the right things.

Most Phals. bloom once a year. They "tend" to initiate spikes in the late fall and bloom in the early spring. That said I have 3 in bloom right now.

They are available year round as an orchid nursery can manipulate the temperature, light and humidity in a greenhouse to encourage them to bloom at other times of the year.

There are free blooming hybrids that bloom more often. Some of the multi-branched ones will do so.

But it sounds like you are doing great! Sometimes making sure there is a 15 degrees temperature differential between night and day in the fall for about 3 weeks is said to initiate flower spike formation.

But where you are located I would not advise to put your orchid outside. Maybe if you have a slightly colder room in your house you could try this. Or you could just see how it goes this year with what you are doing.

Hope this helps.


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