Orchids After Blooming: Learn About Orchid Care After Blooms Drop
The following are some of the most common questions asked by readers. If you have any other question please feel free to ask it in the comments section below.
How long does it take for the flowers to drop?
It depends on the species of flower. Some blooming time takes place within hours while others may not bloom at all until several days later. For example, if you have a white orchid with pink petals, then you will need to wait up to two weeks before seeing any new blossoms. You might want to consider cutting your plant’s stem so that you don’t waste too much energy watering it every day!
I’m having trouble finding a good source of information about orchid care after blooms drop.
What sources would you recommend?
There are many websites out there that provide useful information on orchid care after blooms drop. Here are just a few:
What kind of soil do I use for my orchids? Do I need to fertilize them? How often should they be watered? Should I give them extra light during their dormant period?
These are all great questions. The best type of soil to use is called African Violet Soil. You can find it at your local garden center. It’s a mixture of humus, peat moss, sand, and clay. Some brands contain fertilizer, while others do not. Check the ingredients before you purchase it. Your orchid will need to be fertilized once every two weeks with orchid food. This can also be purchased at your local garden center. In addition to the orchid food, you also need to use hard water. Tap water contains chemicals that can damage your plant. Instead, use bottled water that has no added ingredients. How often you water your plant depends on the climate and size of your pot. Water it once every two to three weeks if it is in a small pot, while watering it once a week if it is in a large pot.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Dynamics of flowering and fruit production in two eastern North American terrestrial orchids, Tipularia discolor and Liparis lilifolia by DF Whigham, JP O’Neill – Population ecology of terrestrial orchids, 1991 – repository.si.edu
The Orchid Whisperer: Expert Secrets for Growing Beautiful Orchids (Orchid Potting, Orchid Seed Care, Gardening Book) by B Rogers – 2012 – books.google.com
Impact of a high phosphorus fertilizer and timing of termination of fertilization on flowering of a hybrid moth orchid by YT Wang – HortScience, 2000 – journals.ashs.org
Orchids of Asia by ES Teoh – 2005 – books.google.com
What We Think We Know vs. What We Need to Know About Orchid Pollination and Conservation: Cypripedium L. as a Model Lineage by P Bernhardt, R Edens-Meier – The Botanical Review, 2010 – Springer
Time after time: flowering phenology and biotic interactions by JA Elzinga, A Atlan, A Biere, L Gigord, AE Weis… – Trends in ecology & …, 2007 – Elsevier