Now that your Orchids have dropped their flowers, you’re probably wondering, “what did I do wrong?”
This is a natural step in the growing process. The better question to ask is, “what am I supposed to do with this thing now?”
Once your Orchid has dropped its flowers, you have 3 options:
- Cut the main stem as close to the base of the plant as possible – This will direct the energy back into the plant & after a few weeks, another flower spike will begin to form.
- Cut a centimeter above a plant node – This will encourage the orchid to branch & you could end up with 2-3 branches that will flower.
- Leave it alone – I’ve left a spike after the flowers have dropped & have seen it re-bloom 3-5 more times! Depending on how much energy & nutrition the plant has, it could keep regenerating – but if it doesn’t after a few weeks, try option 1 or 2.
Orchids are certainly an unusual & special plant, but with a little knowledge, they can be tamed & easily taken care of.
For more info – check out my blog on How to Grow & Care for Orchids!
And if you find that your plants are blooming, or looking as healthy as they were when you first got them, maybe it is time to let them stretch their legs by repotting them!