Orchid buds falling out before blooming - Knowledgebase Question

Redmond, Wa
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Question by sheetalkamat
July 30, 2010

I have a Phalaenopsis that i got three weeks back. It had few flowers bloomed and few buds to be bloomed. But the buds fell down even before blooming.

I have not kept the plant in window but on a kitchen counter that gets indirect light from the window. The plant is in shade but gets light.
Watered the plant every friday and used the orchid food a week back.

Is something wrong?


Answer from NGA
July 30, 2010
It sounds as though your orchid is still adjust to its new home. In general, orchids appreciate high humidity and it could be that the air in your home is dry. It's normal for the old flowers to die off but if you cut off the old flowers, just above dormant buds that are located below the first flower, new flowers will develop. Sometimes, a small baby plant (called a keiki) will develop instead. If this happens, leave it until roots develop and then it can be removed and potted. Orchids need average room temperatures, higt humidity and regular watering. If yours is drying out, make sure it is not in a draft from air conditioners or fans. I'm sure it will adjust to its new home in time. I hope this info helps!

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