orchids - Knowledgebase Question

hartford, Co
Question by charmaine102
May 1, 2009
one of my orchids won't bloom, it bloomed once and that was it. The other one is blooming fine. what do i do.


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Answer from NGA
May 1, 2009

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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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