This post is a part of a larger series on how to care for an orchid.
It’s no secret that orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. But what happens when the blooms fade and fall off? How do you care for an orchid after its flowers have died?
Carefully following these instructions can help keep your orchid healthy and looking great for many months to come!
How Do You Care for an Orchid After the Flowers Fall Off?
Once the flowers on your orchid have fallen off, you may be wondering how to properly care for the plant. Orchids are a bit different from other houseplants, so it’s important to know the proper steps to take.
The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the dead flowers. Cut them off at the base, being careful not to damage the plant. Once all of the dead flowers have been removed, you can move on to the next step.
Next, water your orchid as usual. Be sure to use filtered or distilled water, as regular tap water can contain chemicals that can harm your plant. Allow the potting mix to dry out completely between watering sessions.
Now it’s time to start fertilizing your orchid again. Use a balanced fertilizer that is specifically designed for orchids. Apply the fertilizer according to the package directions, and be sure to flush the potting mix with clean water after each application.
Your orchid should start to put out new growth within a few weeks. Once new leaves and/or buds appear, you can begin watering and fertilizing on a regular basis again. With proper care, your orchid will bloom once more!
10 Related FAQs
1) What type of fertilizer should I use on my orchid?
A: A balanced fertilizer that is specifically designed for orchids is best. Apply the fertilizer according to the package directions.
2) How often should I water my orchid?
A: Allow the potting mix to dry out completely between watering sessions. Once new leaves and/or buds appear, you can begin watering on a regular basis again.
3) Should I repot my orchid after it blooms?
A: You may need to repot your orchid if the potting mix has broken down or if the roots are getting crowded. Be sure to use a pot that is only one size larger than the current pot.
4) What type of potting mix should I use for my orchid?
A: A potting mix that is specifically designed for orchids is best. You can find this type of mix at most garden centers or online.
5) My orchid’s leaves are turning yellow, what does this mean?
A: If the leaves are turning yellow and falling off, this is a sign of overwatering. Allow the potting mix to dry out completely between watering sessions.
6) How do I know if my orchid is getting enough light?
A: Orchids need bright, indirect light to thrive. If the leaves are green and the plant is growing well, it is probably getting enough light. If the leaves are yellow or brown, this is a sign of too much light.
7) What temperature should I keep my orchid at?
A: Orchids prefer temperatures between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
8) My orchid’s buds are falling off before they open, what can I do to prevent this?
A: There are a few things that can cause this to happen, including too much or too little water, fertilizer burn, and low humidity. Be sure to follow the proper care instructions for your plant.
9) Can I put my orchid outside during the summer?
A: Orchids can be put outside during the summer, but they must be in a shady spot. Be sure to bring them inside before the temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
10) What are some common problems with orchids?
A: Some common problems with orchids include overwatering, under watering, and poor drainage. Be sure to follow the proper care instructions for your plant to avoid these problems.
Proper care is essential for keeping your orchid healthy and vibrant. With a few simple steps, you can keep your orchid blooming for many months to come!