How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom

by Madeleine Borgersen

Your gorgeous orchid has finished blooming so what now? Toss it? No way! Follow these simple steps to prune back and get your plant re-blooming in no time.

When your blooms have fallen, prune back to a centimetre above the second nodule to allow the orchid to re-stem.

Step 1. Cut back your stems

Prune back your stem or stems if you have a double-stem orchid to about 1cm above the second nodule (or where the second flower along sat) with clean scissors or blade. This gives your plant two chances to re-stem (as it re-stems from the nodule of a past flower) from the healthiest part of the plant’s older stem.

Step 2. Give only a little water

Orchids dont actually need a lot of water, in fact water can be more detrimental to them than not enough. Give your orchid half a cup a month and let it fully drain.

A new stem will form from the nodule below your cut and buds will appear before too long.

Step 3. A little bit of Light

Orchids can be temperamental when it comes to light and heat. Preferring an indirectly lit spot with high humidity great areas for your orchid is in the bathroom with diluted light through frosted windows or near a window with filtered light through a blind.

New blooms will emerge two to three times a year with regular pruning and care.

Step 4. Be Patient

Let your orchid do it’s thing. You might worry that it will never re-shoot and then a day or two later a new stem will spring. This new stem will grow really rapidly and buds will form even more quickly. Before too long you’ll be enjoying fresh blooms and then once gone, you can start the exciting process again.

Once you find the perfect spot for your Orchid you’ll be able to get new blooms two to three times a year, making it a fantastic plant to keep around.

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