blooms falling off - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by herbold
June 25, 2009
orchids blooms falling off

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2009
As the orchid flower ages it usually falls off the stem. You can cut the flowering stem down just below where the lowest flower appeared and the stem may produce additional flowers.

Here are some guidelines for growing orchids:
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.

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