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How to Get Your Orchid To Rebloom

March 7, 2024

If you own a Phalaenopsis orchid and all the blooms have fallen off, don’t panic! This does not mean your orchid is dead. You don’t need to ‘see’ anything happening for your orchid to still be growing and preparing to rebloom.  

As noted in our previous post, Phalaenopsis orchids go through a resting phase called dormancy after blooming. Dormancy typically lasts for six to nine months but may vary from plant to plant. Providing your orchid with quality care during its dormant phase will help ensure that your orchid reblooms again.  

When all the blooms have fallen from your Phalaenopsis orchid, follow these steps to trigger orchid reblooming. (Note: If your orchid is currently losing blooms, you should remove the wilting ones to preserve the life of the remaining blooms. Wilting blooms produce ethylene which causes the surrounding blooms to wilt faster, too.) 


Help Your Orchid Rebloom With These Simple Steps

Orchid Spike Care 

To help your orchid bloom again, follow these spike care tips.

  • First, remove all clips and stakes.
  • If the spike is still green, cut off the spike (stem) 1 inch above the first node below the lowest flower bloom (as shown in the image above).
  • If the spike is turning brown, trim the flower spike off at the base of the plant. Phalaenopsis orchids will not flower on brown spikes.
  • If your orchid has a double spike, cut off one spike 1 inch above the first node below the lowest flower bloom and cut the other spike off at the base of the plant.

Orchid Dormancy Care

Even when your orchid is resting, it still needs water and TLC. Follow these simple steps to help reblooming begin.

  • Continue to water your orchid with 3 ice cubes once a week. If you have a petite orchid, use 2 cubes, and a mini orchid uses 1. If you have more than one plant in a single planter, be sure to give each plant its own set of cubes.
  • Fertilize your orchid once or twice a month using a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength. Do not water your orchid with ice on the weeks it is fertilized.
  • Help your orchids grow by providing plenty of indirect sunlight.
  • Put your orchid in a cooler spot at night. Cooler nighttime temperatures (55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit) help new flower spikes emerge. When a new spike appears, you can return your orchid to its normal setting. 

When Your Orchid Gets Ready to Bloom Again

When your orchid is getting ready to rebloom, you’ll see something that looks like a root sprouting from the medium. The tip of the growth will take the shape of a mitten. If your new growth is a root, it will keep a rounded edge. As it grows, you may need to support the spike with a stake but be sure it’s done growing before you clip the stem to the stake. 

For more tips on orchid reblooming, visit our website and download our free How to Trigger Reblooming guide today.  

Just Add Ice Reblooming Guide