The Q&A Archives: Orchid Blooms

Question: I cut the stem on an orchid after it bloomed and appeared to be dead. The plant is very healthy and has grown considerably, but no new growth on a new stem. What should I do?

Answer: Most growers cut back the flower stalk (called inflorescence) after blooming to allow the plant to rest. The belief is that the next flower spike will be stronger.

Orchids bloom on their own schedules, usually once or twice a year. Continue to care for your orchid as you have been doing. It will bloom again when it's ready. (Fussy little creatures, aren't they?)

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