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Old 12-14-2013, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I bought two orchids for my wife last year and I told her I wanted them to bloom again (long story).

Well, they are now sending out flower stalks (no - they are not roots).

How do I make sure these orchids successfully bloom (fertilization, watering, light, etc). I convinced her to keep them in the master bathroom, where they get filtered sunlight and the steam from showers.

It's very important to us to see these orchids bloom again, so thanks for your response.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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It sounds like simply continuing what you are doing should allow it to bloom if it is sending up a flower stalk.

It's been many years since I had any, I gave mine away when I moved to a house where I couldn't grow as many indoor plants as I had. My Botany professor was an avid orchid grower and I worked in her lab for a while. What I remember most from that time was that there were quite a few very different orchids with different needs; some preferred even moisture all the time and others needed to be drenched and let dry out. They all seemed to need a very weak fertilizer but had different soil types for their pots. A one shoe fits all answer won't help because of this. Your best bet on care that is specific to the orchid you have would be to check a knowledgeable source like one of these:

Orchid Care Tips: Light --which breaks it down by groups of orchids with names and pictures so you can ID your orchid


Growing Orchids in the Home ---This is the general help page of the American Orchid Society but they also have a series of specific care pdfs that can be accessed if you know the type of orchid you have: How to Grow Specific Orchids
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Agree with J&Em that whatever 'care' and 'situ' your orchids are in, it is working...
They are very tough and 'recoverable' plants in my experience.

No orchid expert, but we have a dozen that were all store bought or gifts, and all of them rebloom at least twice per year. Some are a decade plus old. No special attention: I may repot the mix every year or two, and I pinch/cut off straggly, dead root tips, but other than 7 months of them in their pots in situ, with zero attention all summer, and occasional attention during the 5 'winter' months we attend to them, there is no magic I do.

Good links given by J&Em, for reading and background, but they are very vigorous, tough plants, imo.

Some morning diffused sunlight, no harsh afternoon direct sun rays, occasional misting, and those tips will be budding for weeks to months...
GL, mD







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Old 12-16-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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Thanks motordavid. The orchids in your pictures are just beautiful!! My favorite picture was the first, more closeup picture. The colors are just so pretty.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Thank you, J&Em...first pic was a 'setup' shot using my wife's art quilt design board for a background, grouping our bloomers in front of that background, and wonderful diffused eastern morning light. Handheld, my old Canon 40D, etc.
Appreciate the props.
BR, mD
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