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How To Get Orchids To Bloom And Re-bloom

Orchids (phalaenopsis) are the last year revelation when it comes to indoor plants. I thought that orchids are fragile and short-life plants, but this until I bought my first orchid and I saw that it lived for months. But after the blossoming ends, how do we produce a new flowering? Here are some things to consider:

Moisture
Both during and between flowerings the roots of the plant must always have an adequate humidity. During summer, you should water the orchid once every 7-10 days, and in the winter every two weeks. Important: Do not let the water to stagnate into the pot.

Another problem is low humidity in the house during winter. Avoid placing the orchid near the radiators! During winter, orchids will appreciate if you put the pot on a gravel tray with water. The water that will evaporate will create a proper indoor microclimate for orchids.

Fertilization
Fertilization is as important as watering, and the orchid must receive fertilizers once a month. You can find special fertilizer for orchids in the flower shops. We recommend organic fertilizers.

Light
They don’t need much or less light. Most orchids refuse to bloom because they don’t have enough light. Keep in mind, therefore, that orchids love intense natural light, but suffer if they are placed in direct sunlight.

Cool nights
A notable temperature difference, between day and night (5-10 degrees Celsius) will stimulate the plant to regain its flowering. If it is difficult for you to secure this conditions, you can place it for a few days in a shady and cool place.

The pot
Orchids have airy roots. So, beside humidity, they must also be well ventilated, that’s why you can move the plant after flowering into a bowl with lateral holes.

Warnings and tips

The best watering method is sinking the pot in a water pot for 5 minutes.

Important: After watering, leave the pot to drain, so the water won’t stagnate into the pot!
Avoid watering the leaves.
Orchids should be water in the morning, never at night!
Orchids love tannins. So you can add a cork stopper from a red wine bottle, cut into small pieces, into the orchid’s soil.
Very important: the growth of the plant (at the base of the plant at the center of the leaf rosette) should always remain dry!

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