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22/10/2013 at 16:36

I was given a beautiful Orchid in  June which  has now finished flowering. Can I get it to flower again or must I discard it? Also it appears to be planted in wood cuttings rather than compost which has been difficult to water carefully. Is this normal?

22/10/2013 at 16:41

What type of orchid is it?

 A moth orchid would be treated differently to a cymbidium.

22/10/2013 at 17:00

Orchids aren't planted in compost they don't like being too wet or their roots left in water. I have four that I have had for some time and they flower again and again. Sometimes there is quite a gap in between. You need to trim down the flower stem down to one of nodules onthe upright part. Then new growth will appear. Also from time to time new stems appear and so more flowers on one plant. Be patient and you will have more flowers. When watering try not to get the centre part of the leaves too wet and don't let the pot sit in water. Also occasionally gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth. Hope this makes sense 

22/10/2013 at 19:03

That has helped me too star gaze lilly as I was also given a moth orchid as a gift in May this year and it has now finished flowering.  Someone told me to neglect them but it is very difficult to tell if they need water as mine is in wood chips the same as daydaisy.  

22/10/2013 at 19:25

I think all orchids are I wood chip type stuff (for want of a better word lol) I have never seen them in any thing else. They like their roots not tightly packed. Don't worry if you don't  get flowers for some time, they will come back eventually.  They also like the light but not in direct hot sun light. I am sure there is something on the web for more information.  But hope this helps. They are my favorite indoor plant.

22/10/2013 at 19:38

I have a few, so that i can put the ones that have just flowered on an out of the way windowsill whilst i wait for them to make new flowers, and have the ones in flower on show.  They can take 6 months between flowerings.  They like light but not direct - mine are on north and west facing sills.  Only water them about once a fortnight.

22/10/2013 at 20:11

Thanks chi


cky.  About how much water would you give it - would an egg cupfull be enough or too much.  Sorry about all the questions but as mine was a gift I don't want to lose it and it is also very beautiful. Pic attached when it was in flower.

22/10/2013 at 20:14

Sorry chicky - your name got split in half.


22/10/2013 at 20:18

Lovely colour  forester2. Once a fortnight is what I do too. I don't really measure how much, I just water quite well but don't let it stand in water

22/10/2013 at 20:35

Moth orchid. I stand the whole pot in rain water for five minutes , then let it drain. I do that once a week.  Baby bio do an orchid feed , you can add a drop or two to it once a week.

22/10/2013 at 22:27

Thanks fidgetbones & star gaze lily and everyone else - really helpful.

23/10/2013 at 14:57

As above, SWMBO waits until the last bloom has dropped and it is banished to the spare bedroom window. The old flowering stem is cut off when it has dried off. The pot is stood in tepid water for an hour or so and then banished again. The plants are only watered after a fortnight or so. Basically ignored until a fresh shoot appears, which is trained up a support as it grows. 

23/10/2013 at 16:14

What does SWMBO stand for?  Scuse my ignorance Old Compost Heap.

23/10/2013 at 16:17

She Who Must Be Obeyed.

23/10/2013 at 16:31

Thanks all for your replies which are very informative. My Orchid was just like the one in the photo so I guess it is a Moth Orchid. What a useful forum this is with lots of friendly folk to give advice!    

23/10/2013 at 18:19

I'm glad you asked what SWMBO meant!! I didn't have a clue!

Nice to meet you by the way day daisy. Gladit helpedI

23/10/2013 at 19:47

Happy to have found this. Do you cut the stem down or do they flower from that again?

23/10/2013 at 20:11

sry SGL i see now.

14/02/2015 at 17:18

Think this is the one Gg 

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