There is still a biggest problem with orchid growers and enthusiasts… is Orchid Re blooming ! Certainly there are specific times of the year for most Orchids to bloom.Most orchids bloom once a year, but if they are really happy, they may bloom more often. Here are few things to remember during blooming season:
LIGHT..The first thing you need to consider.If the newer leaves are dark green and the newer leaves are longer than the older-growth leaves, you need to increase the light intensity to your orchids. Without the proper lighting your orchid will have no flowers in its due season.
WATERING.. frequently is another important factor to consider.Since blooms are mostly water and the proper potting media typically drains the water quickly ,the extra water needed by buds may not be available if you don’t increase your frequency of watering.If your buds are shriveling or small and malformed,then know that due to insufficiency of water.Don’t forget to use slightly warm water to quench the thirst of your orchid.
TEMPERATURE… is next..yes Most orchids expect a wide variation in day and night temperatures, as much as 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, and some orchids will not bloom without this variation.
*After your orchid is finished blooming you should cut the spike back. You will notice little “bumps” on the spikes, these are called knuckles or more properly nodes. About 2 inches above the 3rd node from the bottom of the spike cut the rest of the spike off.
*If all else has failed there is one last trick to re blooming to use. And that is to get the orchid into darkness. Yes, darkness. There are some experts who recommend this as a first step. This may be true especially for cattleyas but can be done for all orchid genera.To do this the plant needs darkness for at least 12 hours a day. This can be accomplished by putting it in a dark basement or putting a lightweight dark cloth over it.
Taking all the above necessary steps will hopefully get your orchids to produce more of those beautiful great looking blooms.
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