Phalaenopsis Orchids
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I have a little lady orchid and it’s not blooming. I bought it in July and it was flowering and now it’s not. What do I do?

Zone H91AKC6 | colmreilly7 added on January 21, 2019 | Answered

I water it ever 10 days generally

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BushDoctor
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Answered on January 22, 2019

This type of orchid requires at least 12 hours of pitch black darkness each day in order to initiate flowering. Small amounts of light will disturb this process. Also during this time, you will want to cut down watering drastically.

I usually feed my orchids once a week with a 1/4 strength orchid fertilizer. This will keep them at their healthiest. You will also want to try and keep the humidity up, as well as the temperature. If it starts getting down close to 50 degrees F or so, they will start to drop flowers, and develop leaf wrinkles.

A side note... Don't let them sit in water for more than half an hour. They will absorb plenty of water during this time, and any more will lead to rot. Also, leave the stems after the flowers fade color, give them a longer daylight period for a few months, and repeat the 12 hour dark period to get them to bloom twice from the same flowering stem. After this, you can cut them off to develop a new one.

This collection of articles will get you started to proper orchid care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids

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