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Secret Orchid Tips
updated: Feb 19, 2014, 9:10 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Orchids: what do you do with them once the bloom has died? Do you just throw the plant away? How do you get it to blossom once again? Water it? Don't water it? What's the secret?

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 COMMENT 496026 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:22 AM

They will bloom again and can thrive under the right conditions. What kind of orchid is it?


 COMMENT 496042 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:48 AM

If you throw it away, don't do it in front of your significant other... lest they draw a parallel and decide that you're superficial.

I've got one that has bloomed again a year later... until then, enjoy the green!


 COMMENT 496043 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 09:49 AM

They are most definitely still alive w/out blooms!! Water it well about once a week, you want to make sure the roots deep down get soaked. You can buy orchid food at OSH, I use it maybe once a month. Water regularly, add some food in now and then, and they will blossom again hopefully next year. Sometimes they go dormant for longer, but they're still alive, promise!


 COMMENT 496062 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 10:45 AM

Oh please don't throw them away!!! I've had several "TJ's variety" over the years and they've bloomed every year - blooms lasting for several months. In between time they are nice green plants! And I don't fuss around with these beauties...


 COMMENT 496072 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 11:21 AM

Definitely save. I cut each stalk to just above where the top bloom was and water conservatively. Mine have always rebloomed .


 COMMENT 496088 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 12:11 PM

Sadly, after about a year of caring for orchids they always die on me. I have never gotten a second bloom, and I have a pretty green thumb.


 COMMENT 496111P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 01:35 PM

There's a lady at the Solvang Farmers Market, today, Wednesday, and maybe the other markets too, that only sells orchids. She's been into orchids for over 25 years & is an absolute expert. Stop by & "pick her brain" as I have many times.

She sells gorgeous plants at amazingly low prices as compared to the markets & local florists. Anybody here know her?

Have fun.


 COMMENT 496193 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 05:16 PM

Once the blooms are gone I'd toss the ugly green bits. They are cheap even when in bloom!


 COMMENT 496202 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 05:38 PM

Orchids thrive in high humidity and warm conditions, think tropical, 76° to 84°. The roots require air, so orchid growing medium is recommended as well as orchid specific fertilizer. Stop by your nursery and seek guidance of gardening pros.


 COMMENT 496210 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-19 06:04 PM

I always put a FAKE bloom right next to the real one. After the real bloom dies, the fake is still there and nobody knows the difference!!! Really!!! I buy the fakes at Michaels Craft Store in Goleta. Also, I've found that the best place to buy Orchids, is the Trader Joe's on lower Milpas.


 COMMENT 496284P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 06:45 AM

I always buy the orchids that have more of a flat "bulb" at the bottom (ones with leaves similar to the cymbidium). They come with all kinds of flowers! They live OUTSIDE under an evergreen and they re-bloom every year (in Goleta). Love it!! We even put a phalaenopsis out there to sink or swim and it bloomed too! Couldn't believe that one actually.


 COMMENT 496348 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 09:07 AM

I planted one that I got for my birthday about two years ago. This winter, in December, I got the most BEAUTIFUL bloom! Big gorgeous orange flowers on a stalk. The orchid took to the ground where I planted it and has doubled in size in the last two years. Got lucky, I guess. It likes it there. Partial sun in the morning on the side of my house, mostly shade.


 COMMENT 496484 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 12:58 PM

If you go to the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show this year, they will have a lot of demonstrations on orchid care and orchid experts giving talks and tips on how to pot and grow orchids and keep them blooming again and again. Santa Barbara is the Cymbidium capital of the US because it is the perfect climate for growing them outdoors -- find out how to grow them at the show too! You can also find excellent replacements in the wide selection of orchids for sale at the show. March 14-16, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are only $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students w/ID, and children 12 and under are free. Hope to see you there!


 BEACHSONG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 01:08 PM

Orchids are surprisingly hardy. Water once a week - like in a sink or tub. They don't like their roots soaked, more like a flushing. TJ and other outlets sometimes use moss which keep the roots too wet which will kill them. Orchids prefer bark or other orchid mediums. Change medium once a year. Presently we prefer coconut husk bark which some orchid nurseries have. Diluted orchid food can be given. Sun depends on orchid type, ex. slippers like low light. Heat: Some orchids can't survive below 55 degrees. They like a light misting. Watch out for spider mites - little white insects.


 COMMENT 496631 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-20 06:13 PM

I sigh and lament my sinful life. Then I go buy another - orchid.


 COMMENT 496931 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-21 05:36 PM

put your "blooming" orchid in a pot with air holes and the flowers will last 2 to 3 times longer


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