Question and Answer

Subject: Re: Culture question flowering
Sent: Fri, 2 Nov 2001

Is there any way that I can ensure that my orchids will bloom continuously? I was told to cut at the second node, but nothing happened for a year and a half.

I have three new orchids that are in bloom right now and I would like new buds asap! I know I can't be picky, but it would be nice..

I have a phaleanopsis and two dendrobiums.

After the buds die and fall off, where should I snip it? Second node? How do those phaloeanopsis get to rebud? Can I do that too?


The dendrobium is unlikely to re-flower from the same bulb, and you can cut the flower stalk off close to the pseudobulb. They are very much seasonal flowers, generally producing only from the latest pseudobulb, although some will flower again on older bulbs the following season.

The phalaenopsis can reflower again from the same spike. Cut back to a node, an end one if the stalk is still green, or back to the closest to a green node. With luck it will produce a new spike from there, although it will eventually totally die, and then you cut it off close to the plant growth. Not all will re-flower from the old spike, although many phalaenopsis will.

We would all like all your orchids to flower continuously, but that is not the wary of nature.

To have orchid flowers all year you need different orchids that flower at different times of the year.

Some orchids like phalaenopsis can reflower from an old spike but only for so long. Flowering is often dependent on the strength
of the plant; a healthy plant will generally flower longer that one that is struggling, but it is very rare for a plant to flower all year.

Some plants will flower more than once a year, but not all will. When you purhcase you need to ask what is their normal flowering pattern

With kind regards



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