You’ve done a great job keeping your orchid healthy and strong. But now your orchid has finished blooming, and you might be wondering when the blooms will come back.
Fall is actually the best time for your orchid to rebloom naturally because the cooler temperatures can trigger the process. And with a little coaxing, you can ensure your orchid comes back thriving.
Having been in business for more than 50 years now, we get a lot of questions about orchid reblooming. Here are the most common ones and our answers.
When Do Orchids Rebloom?
If your orchid stops producing flowers, it’s not dead; it’s dormant. This dormancy period will last from six to nine months.
During this time, your plant will rest and replace the nutrients expended during blooming. It’s harnessing the energy it needs to rebloom.
Eventually your orchid will grow a new leaf, which is needed before your plant can produce another flower spike. In general, Phalaenopsis orchids will only produce one flower spike per leaf.
The fact is, though, you can provide a little help to get your orchid blooming again, like cutting the spikes.
Where Do I Cut The Spikes?
Some Phalaenopsis orchids are genetically incapable of reblooming from the old spike, but most will rebloom from the old spike with a little extra care. The question is where to cut the flower spikes to initiate reblooming.
There are a couple of approaches you can take depending on the type of orchid you have:
- Find node under lowest flower bloom
- Cut 1 inch above the node
- Cut 1 spike at base of plant
- Cut other spike 1 inch above node under last bloom
You can use a straight-edged razor blade to cut flower spikes. A sharp pair of scissors works great, too. If you’re still not sure where or how to make your cuts, we have a video that can help.
Will My Orchid Rebloom If I Fertilize?
When your orchid stops blooming, begin fertilizing it every other week with a balanced houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) mixed at half strength.
Fertilizing your orchid will ensure it’s getting all of the nutrients it needs to rebloom.
Will Watering Help My Orchid Rebloom?
You do want to water your orchid while it’s resting, but don’t water your orchid on the weeks you fertilize your plant.
And when you do water your orchid on non-fertilizing weeks, be sure to use three ice cubes.
Ohio State University researchers teamed up with researchers from the University of Georgia and found watering with ice is just as effective as traditional orchid watering and will have no negative impact on your plant. (Not convinced? Check out the results of the orchid watering study.)
Can My Orchid Rebloom If I Move It?
You should move your orchid to a cooler environment until a new flower spike emerges. Right now, it's the perfect temperature outside most evenings — you could put it on your porch. Just don't leave it there if temperatures are going to fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re leaving your orchid inside your home, but sure to find a place that’s not drafty and where the nighttime temperatures are between 55 and 65 degrees.
But keep this in mind: inadequate light is the number one reason orchids refuse to bloom or rebloom. Indirect sunlight is best for orchids.
Once reblooming begins, you can return your plant to its usual location and continue watering with three ice cubes once a week.
Orchid reblooming is just another one of the joys of being an orchid parent. With a little TLC and some patience, you will see your orchid bloom again and again.
And if you miss the color your orchid brought to your home, you can always buy a new one to brighten your living space while you wait. Pick one out today and have it delivered right to your home!