Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:17
I am starting to master the technique of getting orchids to re-flower. I currently have 6 on my window sill with single young stems at various stages. Apart from looking for a round of applause from you guys for managing this, I would like to know how/why orchids grow more than one stem.
I have Googled and my understanding is that the phalaenopsis orchid produces one leaf a year. The more leaves, the more stems.... Most of my orchids have around 6 or 7 leaves as they are the cheapy ones from Ikea.
I would like more than one flowering stem on my orchids, do I just have to be patient and wait for a few more years and they will produce them or is there a technique?
I am currently eyeing up a friends large 4 stemmed orchid as I have a feeling she will throw it out when it has flowered, I shall selflessly offer it a home.....