The phalaenopsis orchid is very popular, especially by novice gardeners and all gardening enthusiasts who feel they do not have a green thumb. However, there always comes a time when these beautiful flowers eventually get damaged and then wilt. All that remains is a foliage composed of persistent green leaves, not very decorative in our interiors! We then wonder how to make your orchid bloom again effectively. However, this is a set of maintenance procedures that can sometimes test the patience of any gardener, even confirmed. To successfully make this houseplant bloom again without rotting it, here are all the maintenance tips to adopt.
Between the right techniques for cutting the stem and all the maintenance issues (watering, light, etc.), the cultivation of phalaenopsis orchids and their new blooms will no longer hold any secrets for you.
1) Trimming to make an orchid bloom again
Here, you have to consider the two possible scenarios that will condition the pruning, and therefore also the regrowth of new leaves and flowers on your wilted orchid.
Scenario 1: The stem is still green
You can in this case expect a second flowering of keikis (baby orchids) on this same stem. Indeed, the same rod can quite bloom two to three times. In this case, it is necessary to remove the faded flowers, operate a rest period of a few days, then cut the stem above a bud using a secateurs. To do this, start from the base of the orchid and cut the deflowered stem 1 cm above the third bud and below the flower stalk. This will allow the growth of new small buds and a bloom. It can take anywhere from two months to a year!
Scenario 2: The stem is dry
Cut the dry stem flush with the foliage. This will then give plenty of room for a new flower stem to appear with sumptuous flower buds. This stem will then appear in the axil of the older leaf. Is the stem dry to its foot? In this case, there is no choice if you want to see beautiful flowering plants emerging from them: detach the stem from its stake and take care of trim at the base.
2) Take care of the environment to have future beautiful flower stalks
We all know these flowering houseplants hate drafts and direct sun. But in practice, avoiding these parameters is not enough to ensure that flowering plants will start again easily. After cutting, it is best to store these plants in a cool, unheated place. Exposed for about twenty days at a temperature of 15 ° C, your deflowered plant will give you a new flowering. The ideal is to take out your orchids once the frosts have passed, keeping them under a tree with light foliage between May and September. (Watch out for parasites such as slugs, snails, scale insects, etc.). Then, place it in the fridge in September.
As soon as your plant begins to flower, bring it into the house. Indoors, avoid the full sun of a southern exposure which offers too much light. So remember to sift the sun’s rays with a curtain to have a beautiful light without excess.
3) Water and feed the plant without error
Orchids prefer to soak in soft water (and lukewarm water or at room temperature if possible). If you don’t have fresh water (rainwater for example), use tap water with a dash of vinegar to neutralize the limescale. Immerse the pot in a basin of water for about 15 minutes, until the air bubbles have finished escaping. Then take care to drain well to avoid stagnant water in the saucer or the flowerpot. Then let it dry between two waterings. You can also spray the foliage with a mist to maintain a humid atmosphere. On the other hand, never sprinkle or mist water on the head of the orchid… unless you absolutely want to kill all the flowers installed or future! Orchids do not tolerate excess water well.
What about the special orchid fertilizer?
Abusing chemical fertilizers is not advised. In winter, you can use it once every month, then every ten days when the temperatures get warmer.
4) Repotting, a step you should never neglect to help your orchid bloom again
Whether it is for a wilted orchid that you are looking to rebloom or a healthy orchid, it is advisable to repot an orchid every two to three years in a new plastic pot. This is very important because the earth tends to be depleted over time. Opt for a transparent jar that is slightly larger than the old one, half filled with pine bark and clay balls.