The Q&A Archives: How to make orchids bloom

Question: I have had an orchid plant for 6 years now and it will not flower. I have put in a orchid pot with holes, orchid bark, fed it and spray it and nothing happens. What can I do?

Answer: Your orchid isn't getting enough bright light. The ideal place in the home for growing orchids is a bright window, free from drafts, where your plants receive indirect sunlight both morning and afternoon. (A south window is best.) In winter, give orchids all the light possible. Light intensity should be between 1500 and 2000 foot candles the equivalent to a bright south-facing window. With extra large windows or especially intense sunlight, the light may be adjusted downward by moving plants 18 to 36 inches from the window. Plants in the home require a greater light intensity because they receive light from only one direction. You may need to supplement natural light with artificial light during the shorter days of fall and winter. Hope this information helps!

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