The Q&A Archives: Peacock Orchids Won't Bloom

Question: I received 18 Peacock Orchid bulbs as a bonus from a plant catalog order. The Peacock Orchids have come up for two seasons, they reach about 3 to 3-1/2 feet in height but have not bloomed in the two years since being planted. They are in a full sun garden with an exposure time of 5 to 6 hours full sun. I live a mile from the ocean so the soil is sandy but it is augmented with lots of compost and peat and I feed the garden monthly with Miracle-Gro. The lillies and hibiscus and everything else in there with the Peacocks blooms just fine. Please tell me you know what the problem is???????

Answer: I would suspect that they need more sun than they are getting. Full sun all day long would be preferable. Also, make sure they are receiving ample fertilization and water during the growing season. These plants need a very long growing season before they bloom so anything you can do to keep them growing vigorously will help. A more frequent fertilization schedule along with adding some compost would possibly help, too. If you are digging them each fall and replanting in spring, you might consider jump starting them in containers to give them a little extra time at the start of the season. In my experience these will fail to bloom if they are small, and can be difficult to rebloom in "marginal" climates -- zone 7 is about as cool as they can handle and last from year to year. I hope this helps!

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