Caring for Your Flowering Branches
Caring for flowers and plants can sometimes take a lot more effort than we realize. Flowers that we care for indoors especially need extra care and attention to blossom into the beautiful flowers that we love and enjoy. So the question is do you have to have a green thumb to care for your orchids? The short answer is no. All it really takes is a bit of research and the determination to get your flowers to bloom.
Sometimes in our efforts to learn how to care for our flowers, “accidents” happen that leave you to question your future with flowers. Before we carry on, please let me first start by saying that accidents happen, and from those accidents there is usually lesson that is learned which helps you in your future efforts. So to sum it up, don’t feel bad we’ve all been there at one point or another.
Cutting the Flowering Branch
One of the hardest parts about caring for an orchid is the maintenance. Watching your flower transform day to day can be a great experience, but what happens when it’s time to get rid of the old and welcome the new? Cutting the flowering branches is vital to ensuring that your flower will continue to rebloom. If you pay attention to your flower, you’ll notice the small “hints” it leaves behind to let you know that it is time to get rid of the dead activity. For instance, once a flowering branch has blossomed all the flowers it can, it will begin to turn brown letting you know that it is time to cut it.
Depending on the type of orchid the technique for cutting your flowering branch can vary. Many suggest that cutting the spike right above the node leaves hope for future flower growth. Others suggest that you cut the entire flowering branch. To find out more it is important to look up orchid caring tips on your specific orchid.
As we all know with plants or flowers once you cut something off, it’s gone. You can’t glue it back on and of course you can’t hope that the plant will fuse back together! So it’s important to pay attention to what it is you’re cutting.
Oops! I Cut Off the Flowering Branch…. Now What?
As I stated before, accidents happen. I also want to ensure you that cutting off the flowering branch is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your orchid. In fact, cutting off flowering branches and dead flowers helps to rejuvenate your plant. As slow as the process may appear, everything your orchid does takes up energy. Cutting and trimming is a good way to allow your orchid the energy it needs to blossom once again. So rather than beat yourself up over it, remember that in the end it does have a great value to your orchid.
How Long Will It Take
Let’s put your worries to rest. Your blossoms will return! The time really depends on the environment in which your orchid is kept along with the type of orchid you are growing. Some orchids bloom in the winter time while others bloom in the summer. As long as you continue to properly care for your plant they will return more than likely by its next blooming season.
So you see? All is not lost and you and your orchid will live. Just be sure to give your plant the love and attention they need to survive. Most “accidents” can be fixed with time and proper care.
Do you have a mistake you made that turned out just fine? Or do you have a mistake that turned out to be really bad? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Sometimes it’s good to laugh at ourselves.
For more about growing healthy orchids, check out these 6 orchid care laws.