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March 19, 2013

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID REBLOOM

© Linda Nelson 2013
Have you ever purchased a phalaenopsis orchid or received one as a gift, but have never gotten it to rebloom?  The one shown will be in its glory for the third consecutive year this April.  Here are my tips for reblooming success -

  • When your phalaenopsis orchid drops its last bloom snip the entire stem off at its base from where the shoot first emerged.
  • Continue with your watering schedule, but incorporate a liquid fertilizer application about once a month.  There are orchid specific fertilizers out there, but I have success with good old-fashioned Miracle Gro.  Your orchid should send out a flowering shoot in about one year.
  • Hate to wait that long?  Stagger your orchid purchases to one every three months until you have a total of four plants.  Place the blooming one out for display while tending to the others in "waiting".
  • Repot about every two or three years.  I use a mix of sphagnum moss and orchid bark.
  • These particular orchids like bright light, though not direct sunlight, nor do they like soggy roots.  With the right amount of light the leaves should be a light to medium shade of green.  Dark green leaves indicate not enough light; very light green leaves with red undertones indicate light that is too strong.

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