Helpful Tips to Rebloom your orchids
Have you ever been frustrated about how to rebloom your orchids and then you get anxious and disappointed because it feels like you are doing it wrong? Here are some simple ways to help you rebloom your orchids.
Once your orchid has stopped blooming it will enter a stage called DORMANCY. This dormancy stage is a resting period where the plant has time to replace nutrients that were dispensed during the blooming process. This dormancy stage usually lasts about six to nine months. After that, your orchid will have the energy to rebloom again.
6 easy steps to help your Orchid REBLOOM:
1. First, cut off the old and dry orchid flower stalk down to the base of the plant. Then check if your orchids needs repotting or not.
2. Know when to repot your orchid, never ever repot when the orchid is still blooming. When the roots look brown or the planting material resembles garden soil in its density, If more than one or two roots are creeping over the edge of the pot, it's time to repot.
3. Once your orchid enters the dormancy phase and stops blooming, begin fertilizing it. A teaspoon of (20-20-20) Fertilizer. This should be done monthly or every 2 weeks. An orchid living in a sterile inorganic potting mix may need a nutrient boost to put on its best performance. The best fertilizer type for orchids is a urea-free fertilizer.
4. Move your orchid to an area where the temperatures are between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Put your orchid in a room that gets a little cold by the window with indirect sunlight. When the sun goes down, the heat will drop and the cold will stimulate it to re-bloom. Do this until a new flower spike begins to come out. Popular Orchid varieties like bright conditions, but not direct sun.
Orchid growers can induce bloom in their greenhouse by altering light and temperature, but if you are growing orchids as a hobby at your house then just move your orchid in a room with suitable temperature and indirect sunlight.
5. Once an orchid spike has emerged, wait for a couple months for the spike to reach about 5’’. Once this happens, it is time to start supporting your spike! You can do this with a loose tie and a stake. If a couple months pass and you do not see a flower start to emerge, try moving your orchid to a different location. It might not be getting the right temperature or indirect sunlight that it needs.
6. Once orchid reblooms continue to water and care for your orchid, like you normally would. Most orchids should be watered every week or two. When your orchid’s soil begins to feel dry, that means it needs to be watered. Let the water run out from its roots so they don’t rot. Orchid blooms should last between 30-45 days. If you are lucky, your orchid may be able to bloom twice a year!