The Q&A Archives: orchids

Question: I've bought numerous orchids, after the blooms fall off I can never get them to reflower. The leaves keep growing, but no flowers. After about a year of this I get new ones and toss the old flowerless ones out. What's the secret to get flowers.

Answer: Orchids like a day temperature of about 70F during the summer and 60F during the winter, with a 10 degree drop at night. Cool nights are important to the health and flowering ability of your plant. Orchids require 10-15 hours of light each day, so you may need to supplement natural light with artificial light during the winter months when the days are short. Orchids like moist soil and appreciate being misted once or twice each day. To increase humidity around the plant, place the pot on a layer of rocks in a tray of water. As the water evaporates it will provide moist, humid conditions around your plant. Try adjusting the growing environment and your orchid should begin blooming for you.

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