Please help my Orchid! Photo included.

mrshefeApril 20, 2009

I know nothing about orchid care. I got this as a gift for mother's day (as they are my fav) and I can't seem to get it to bloom! I think Orchids are seasonal? But, now should be the time it would bloom. The stick is completely dry and breaks (snaps off) very easily. The plant part at the bottom however seems very healthy. I water once a week, I have been using an orchid food also, and nothing seems to work it dead? It is not placed in direct sunlight.

Please help!?

Thanks in advance,


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Your phal looks healthy and is finished flowering. Cut off the dead spike and let the plant grow new leaves and roots. It will flower again.

I would also suggest more sunlight as the leaves look dark.


    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 1:13AM
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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Your orchid is fine, the only thing that is dead is the old flowering spike. Cut it off at the base. You have to provide conditions that will encourage the plant to commence growing a new spike.

Perhaps the plant is not getting enough light and temperature variation.

Some light reading in the link. If you can give further details about where the plant is growing/watering/how far from window/fertilizer and so on, more info. will come from other forum members.

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Forum FAQ.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 1:16AM
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Hello, I just move from Puerto Rico were I used to have orchids to Chicago.I was so home sick that my partner bought me an orchid...I don't know whats wrong, I was just in the kitchen making tea and the leaves on my orchid turned yellow, as though they were steamed or something...I have no clue whats wrong. The are yellowish but its only one or two leaves. Also the flower buds are falling off without explination....please, please help me!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2010 at 12:41AM
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