Orchids - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa, Ne
Question by kmax0959
September 24, 2009
once petals fall off is that the end of plant or do no buds return??? also, what is best way for watering???


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Answer from NGA
September 24, 2009

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Some orchids produce new blooms on the same stem. If you're not sure about yours, just snip the stem below the spent flower to remove it from the stem. If a new bloom will appear, it will do so just below where you cut the original flower off. It might take a month so be patient! The frequency of watering will depend on the growing environment. In general, water once a week during the winter and twice a week when the weather turns warm and dry. The size of your orchid container also helps determine how often you need to water. Typically, a 6-inch pot needs water every 7 days and a 4-inch pot needs water every 5 to 6 days.

The type of potting medium can also affect your plant's water requirements. Bark has a tendency to dry out more rapidly than sphagnum moss, for instance. It is important to remember that even when the surface of your pot is dry, the root area may remain moist. Poke your finger or a regular wooden pencil an inch into the pot; if it feels moist to the touch or if the pencil looks moist, do not add water. The potting medium should always be damp, but not soggy ? neither should it be allowed to get extremely dry.

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