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Old 05-06-2015, 04:59 AM
 
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I've 2 orchids as house plants, I've repotted them both and used the recommended compost and fertiliser. One has come out in pink flowers without problems. The other originally had white flowers when it arrived about 2 years ago from Tesco. Since then it has got lovely green leaves at both the bottom and top of the plant, also from the top grow light green stems with buds but no flowers.
Should I cut the topmost leaves and stems, etc and start it off again from the bottom?
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:16 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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some orchids have to have a lot of humidity to bloom and it is clearly that the one is not getting enough humidity . I don't know much about orchids but I do know enough to know that they need humidity . Maybe someone else who knows more can help more .
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Take a pic of these "top and bottom leaves" for us.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I've 2 orchids as house plants...
That's the equivalent of saying "I have two mammals as pets." Without knowing exactly what type of orchid your problem child is, it's hard to give any useful advice. Different species of orchids have VERY different growing requirements.

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Should I cut the topmost leaves and stems, etc and start it off again from the bottom?
Only if you want to kill your plant. Most orchids can't be re-rooted in such a fashion; their growth habits are very different from plants like philodendrons and African violets which can be re-rooted in that way.

Can you take a photo of your problem orchid and post it here? That would help!
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:56 PM
 
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They like to be sprayed with a fine spray of water every day because they are from tropical areas where it rains daily. They DON'T like to have all the little tendrils buried in the soil; just leave them exposed to the air and the plant planted without a lot or extra soil around the buried roots. In the tropics they often just grow out of a little hole in a palm tree with hardly any soil at all. Feed with a liquid houseplant food. If you have cold winters, move them a little away from the window. Hope this helps; I LOVE my orchids!
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:52 PM
 
Location: CO
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I don't have much luck with getting orchids to re-bloom either, but I think the advice about letting the root tendrils stay unburied is spot on. I saw these recently at The Linnaeus Garden in Tulsa. I'd never seen orchids in hanging baskets with no regard for the tendrils being buried. Of course they have an abundance of humidity there.
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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We keep our orchids (Phalaenopsis) in the bathroom until they bloom, then we take them out into the house while they are blooming. We have quite a few, and they have bloomed every year for the past five-six years. My wife waters them about every six weeks by lowering the pot into water. She also feeds them at the interval recommended on the food container.

Anyway, we have lots of blooming orchids starting in February and ending in September.
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Lost Roses,
That's a vanda.
My daughter bought me one for Mother's Day this year.
I hope I can keep it alive over the winter, I don't know, they are beautiful,
mine is purple just like that one in your picture.
It's pretty healthy so far, I put it in a crape myrtle tree over the summer, he was fine.
No pot for it, just roots, I have to buy a basket, I procrastinate too much sometimes.
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Oh, and to the original OP,
Post a pic of what you are calling leaves and stems for everyone.
Don't cut anything til you do,
In fact, don't cut anything at all.
Just take a pic with your phone, download onto your computer and post on here.
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