Orchid - Knowledgebase Question

Golden, Co
Question by stephengrazi
March 14, 2010
I'm growing a orchid and it has not bloomed for a long time and I read that if you put it in a room that has little light for about a month that it will bloom when you take it out. Is this true?

Answer from NGA
March 14, 2010


I don't know if there's any truth to that. Orchids are an incredibly independent lot! But they are lovers of humidity and they won't flower without it. Have you tried setting the pot in a shallow container with a layer of pebbles? Keep a little water in the tray or container and as the water evaporates, it will increase the humidity around the plant. Be careful not to let the pot/roots sit in the water, but just above it. Light daily misting can also help. And, since orchids are generally planted in something like bark, they need to be fertilized regularly. My friend, who has a greenhouse full of orchids, recommends fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer each time you water, but use only 1/4 of the amount of fertilizer recommended on the container. Try to be patient. If the plant looks healthy, it will probably bloom for you - eventually. Good luck with your orchid!

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