Encouraging Orchid Rebloom - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kenkoh
February 21, 2001
After an orchid plant flowers, what is left is basically a bare stem with one or two leaves. How does one treat the plant to encourage new growth?

Answer from NGA
February 21, 2001
Orchids are some of the most popular and rewarding houseplants! There are many, many kinds, each with different 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 the flower is spent, cut back just the old flower and leave the rest of the stem alone. Your orchid will bloom again from shoots off the old stem. Enjoy your new orchid!

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