Orchids are famous because of their flowers. With so many varieties of colorful and fragrant flowers, no wonder they are a gardener’s favorite. These plants can even produce blooms over and over for many years. To help you continue having incredible flowers year after year, here are 7 tips you can follow:
Making the right cut. Orchids can bloom from several weeks to months when cared for properly. But no matter what you do, the time will come that the flowers will show signs of wilting and drying. When this happens, the immediate and correct thing to do is to cut the flower stalks off. Some may think that this is a weird tip or even a waste of good flowers. But this is exactly what your orchids need and most orchid care resources you’ll find right now will tell you the same thing.
You see, flowering takes out a lot of energy from an orchid. Cutting the flower stalk early on before the blooms totally wilt will save energy and make sure the plant stays healthy. One requirement for orchids to continue to bloom is exactly this. They must be in a perfect and healthy condition.
Be sure that when you cut them use scissors or knives that are sterilized to avoid infection. The location where to cut depends on the size of your plant. A small plant may be cut an inch from its base. If it’s a large orchid, cut it above its node. Then to sterilize it completely, try to put a dab of rubbing alcohol on the cut stem.
Time to propagate. One mistake that most orchid growers make that interrupts the flowering cycle of a plant is when propagating. Remember to only divide and repot new buds when you are sure that your plant can take it. Its age will tell you that. So divide only mature plants. What you have to know is that only ripened pseudobulbs produce flowers. Division interrupts the flowering cycle of an orchid.
Because producing blooms takes a lot of energy, it cannot do both. If you wish to successfully have new blooms the succeeding season then wait for the right time to propagate.
The correct temperature. Orchids need a specific temperature to bloom. Most orchids require a 10 to 20 degree drop of temperature at night to successfully produce flowers. Learn to provide the temperature your orchid needs. Daytime temperature also matters. Too high of a temperature can instantly produce blooms but won’t last as long. Too low of a temperature will cause you the flowering buds – they will freeze and die.
Research and find out the best temperature for your orchid. Different species of orchids have varying temperature needs. Providing the correct temperature will successfully produce blooms for the next flowering season.
Provide enough moisture. In order for buds to produce flowers, they need to be watered regularly. Orchids when budding tend to lose a lot of moisture and although buds are made up of mostly water, it will not be sufficient for the whole plant. Monitor the moisture content of your plant. If they lose too much water the buds may die and fall off. But be sure not to over-water them because this too will kill a plant instantly.
Providing the correct amount of water all year round will also ensure you having blooms for the next year. A good rule to follow is to provide extra moisture when the weather is hot and less when it colder. Wait for the medium or compost to dry out before watering again.
Adequate sunlight. Another essential orchid care tip for re-blooming orchids is providing them adequate light. Any plant needs good amounts of lights in order for it to flower properly. One sure way to make sure they are receiving the correct amount of light is by checking their leaves. Yellowish leaves mean they need more sunlight and dark green to even reddish leaves mean they need less. An uber-healthy plant that can produce great flowers has yellow-green leaves.
The proper fertilizer. Orchids are at their weakest state after blooming. During this time feed your plants the best fertilizer you can find. Experts do not always say what kind of fertilizer this is, so it’s better to check by asking professional growers and propagators. A good plan to follow is fertilizing them once a month. Remember not to fertilize them excessively or you’ll damage or even kill the plant.
Proper nourishment through fertilizers will ensure your plants are healthy enough for the next season of flowering. Take time to research what type is best for your orchids.
Study the flowering cycle. One of the best ways to make your orchids bloom again is to study their flowering cycle. Some orchids can flower only once a year, some several times a year. Learn the best orchid care you can provide based on their cycle, and sure enough you will have long lasting plants that can produce blooms when the right time comes.
No matter what happens, make sure that your orchids are always healthy. This and only this can make sure that your plants will have regular blooms. There is no specific orchid care method for every single species of orchid but if you follow these simple tips, you will have healthy plants ready for their next flowering cycle. Happy blooming!
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