The Q&A Archives: orchids

Question: one of my orchids won't bloom, it bloomed once and that was it. The other one is blooming fine. what do i do.

Answer: Most orchids bloom only once a year. The growing conditions might not be quite right for your orchid. Here are a few general rules for growing healthy orchids: Orchids need ample humidity, so put the pot on a pebble-filled tray and keep water in it. Also keep the soil moist. When watering, use tepid, not cold water. Mist the leaves occasionally. Orchids need 10-15 hours of bright light each day, but keep them out of direct sunlight. They prefer daytime temperatures of about 70F in summer and 60F in winter, with a 10 degree drop at night. Keep them out of cold drafts, feed them during the summer months with a low nitrogen fertilizer, and let them become pot-bound (they flower more freely when their toes are pinched). Your orchid can spend the summer outdoors, but should remain indoors when temperatures fall below 60F. Hope this information helps!

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