The Q&A Archives: Orchid Broken Stem

Question: Hi,
I had a flowering orchid. Approximately 2 1/2 years ago my cat knocked the plant over and the stem/flower broke off. The stem/flower has not grown back, instead another plant (leaves only) grew. I transplanted the new plant into a separate pot. Now I have two plants with no stem/flower. How do I get the plants to produce a stem with flowers? Thanks for your help. Sue

Answer: Orchids bloom on a cycle, and that cycle depends upon which type of orchid you are growing. There are many, many kinds, each with different growing requirements, but here are some general care tips for orchids: They like daytime temperatures of about 70F degrees in the summer, 60F in the winter, and a drop of ten degrees at night. Cool nights are important. Give them bright light, 10-15 hours each day. Supplement with artificial light in the winter time. Keep the potting medium moist, but reduce the frequency of watering during the winter months. Mist the leaves occasionally. Keep them out of drafts and shade them from direct sunshine. When your orchids are getting the cultural care they require, they will bloom for you. Good luck with your plants.

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