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Getting Your Phalaenopsis Amabilis to Bloom the Second Year

May 30, 2012

The Phalaenopsis orchid is the ideal plant for any home with bright, indirect sunlight. They need to have at least six hours of light a day. In instances where natural sunlight is not available, the plant can still continue growing under artificial light.


When it comes to watering, we recommend keeping the planting medium slightly damp and allow it to dry out between watering. We recommend that you put three ice cubes on the potting mix once a week to supply just the right amount of moisture for your Just Add Ice orchid to grow.


Keep the temperature in the room where you are growing your orchid moderate. The plant ideally requires a temperature of about 75 to 80 degrees to grow best, but has been able to adapt to temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees. 


Fertilizing regularly can help you increase the chances of your Phalaenopsis orchid blooming in the second year and beyond. The amount of fertilizer you use will depend on the season - flowering or resting. Plants will typically bloom the second time in the spring to early summer. Boosting fertilization when you just see the flower spike start to appear will enhance your plant's growth.

Phalaenopsis are easy plants to grow with minimal requirements and effort. It is exciting to see your orchid bloom the second time around, so just a little attention during the year can reap a colorful reward of a second bloom.  For more information, check out our library of helpful videos