Orchid Plants

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  1. Thrips on Orchids
  2. Orchids While Away
  3. Orchid Developed Baby Leaf on Stem After Blooming
  4. Orchid Blooms
  5. Orchid Leaf Scorch
  6. Caring for Orchids
  7. how to bring back a dying orchid plant
Asked by mamama on January 23, 2011
Thrips on Orchids

How do I deal with thrips on orchids?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This article will help you:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-thrips.htm

I also like neem oil for controlling thrips. Very effective and safe for people and pets.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 5, 2011
Orchids While Away

How do you keep orchids from drying out while away?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on April 11, 2011
Orchid Developed Baby Leaf on Stem After Blooming

What should I do with this baby leaf? Should I cut the stem at soil level and plant the baby leaf that is on the stem? I was thrilled that I could get a regular old store bought orchid (purple color, don’t know species name) to rebloom. Also, the bottom leaves have fallen off.   I’ve been spraying w/water daily and keeping growing medium damp. It is on the shelf behind the kitchen sink and gets heat from the exhaust of the microwave.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is called a keiki and you can use it to propagate your orchid. This article has directions on how to remove it:
http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/yard/2005/012205.html

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Asked by peggy grunz on April 14, 2011
Orchid Blooms

After an orchid blooms, do I trim where the blooms appears dead?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Wait until the whole spike is spent and trim the spent flower spike.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 10, 2011
Orchid Leaf Scorch

My orchid has what appears to be leaf scorch, but has otherwise survived about nine months of dormancy and produced prodigious blossoms. Do I need to cut off the leaves blemished with scorch, or do I leave them as is? They are unsightly, but the rest of the plant is magnificent.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, you can trim back the unsightly growth, if desired.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 19, 2011
Caring for Orchids

I got two orchids in pots from Home Depot that are beautiful in my kitchen. They are dropping their flowers now. How do I care for them now and in the long term so they bloom again, hopefully, repeatedly?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by howard on June 10, 2011
How to Bring Back a Dying Orchid Plant

The flowers and the top 1 inch of my orchid plants (indoor) have died. Can they be pruned so that they will procreate?

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mollybabygirl

Flowers on an orchid plant will die (fall off) after 3 months or less. They start dying at the top first since that was the first to open. The stem they are on should be cut back to the second nodule from the bottom. Then every week water with an orchid fertilizer. Never fertlize when buds start to show on a stem . Also, when you water put orchid in the sink and let the water run through it. Never let orchid sit in water. The plant should rebud in 4 to 6 months. Good Luck!

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