A lot of store bought orchids are sold in non-draining pots which can kill them. Ever since I only spray it instead of having the water run through it because I’m scared this would recur… It seemed to do fine but now there are other stems turning yellow and drying out even though there are still closed buds everywhere! Some of my orchids took years to rebloom. Hi Hannah – I have been caring for my orchids using your advice and finally they seem to be turning a corner with new leaves and roots and even one with a new spike! Orchid blooms falling off pretty soon after you get them is normal as shown here… you can YouTube it. Hi again Hannah, I have a phalenopsis which had three flower spikes. Is it necessary to repot the Orchid? As far as it trying to bloom – it may be experiencing bud blast because of the rot. I need your advice: should I use fertilizer for my phalaenopsis? I’m writing an essay about the conception and life of orchids and I was just wondering, if the orchid had completely died and there was no way I can do anything to save it, what will happen to the orchid? This has happened to me – where a spike produced another smaller spike but nothing happened. I felt panic when I saw the stem turning brown after all the blossoms had fallen off. How much and how often are you watering it? After the orchid finishes blooming and the flower stem is completely dead, it should be carefully pruned back, encouraging the plant to produce new flowers. My Orchid lost it blooms in feb, It since has grown 2-3 big leaves and now notice it growing off the old spikes with buds. I think I will definitely do that. Are there ants all over your house (or just on the orchid)? My orchid had an old cut dried stem of about 1/2 inch lower than all of the leaves. Hello Hannah, Some of the stem will remain because it’s impossible to clip all if it without clipping the root or other leaves. Your site is helpful & interesting! A healthy orchid has roots that are green or white and firm to the touch. A Phalaenopsis orchid produce long-lasting flowers and they can last for months. Hope you can advise! I dont want to kill these beautiful plants!! During all this, a new shoot grew from the base. I actually ended up repotting it today with new bark after washing the pot because one root was really bad off. I really want it to have two stems again, and I wasn’t sure if cutting both or one was best for this. Now I don’t know if my plant is watered well or not. I kept thinking that a new orchid flower spike was growing, when in fact most of the time they were just roots! The flowers are just as large as the initial bloom. https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/dyed-orchids/. I also say to repot every 1-3 years. Hope that makes sense! I would cut the blood stem down to the base because when it blooms again (sends up a new spike) it will be from an entirely different spot on the orchid. Replant the orchid in a bigger pot each year so that it has more room to grow. Hier 4 times means 4 watering times? Phalaenopsis orchid let me see if I can send u pictures. Hannah. "Dead head" or prune any stems with dead flowers on healthy orchids. I didn’t know it wouldnt immediately start producing new flowers, as I am new to orchids, this is my first one. I had to move it out of the window it was in for two years. Thanks again! Extremely hesitant considering the last time I tried, maybe next year? I would just wait till all the blooms fall off and cut it back to the base but you can cut the brown part off if you like now. Orchid leaves can get sunburnt. The orchid sat in water for a couple weeks and now the flowers are falling off and one stem is turning yellow. I currently have the orchid in my bathroom, by my sink, not in a window, could this have something to do with it? Thank you for your help! Dyed orchids I noticed this morning that 2 of the three leaves are turning yellow and then fell off. Do I cut of the flower and stem? Lastly, you mentioned that forced orchids take a year to get back to their natural bloom cycle so am I correct not to expect a bloom until Fall 2016 since I bought it in June? You could use probiotics and fertilizer from http://www.repotme.com if you want. The blooms falling off pretty soon can be normal…. Sadly, that flower spike will never bloom again. Thank you =). It’s worth a try. The stems are now browning and dropping blooms and I wanted to cut the stems back but it has 2 leaves that have grown from the nodes. Informative for a begginer as Myself. They typically bloom once a year. I haven’t ever trimmed anything, fertilized or repotted. I do not water unless its super super dry. Three days should be enough to reduce the impact of stress during the transfer. Is it in a single or double pot? The shipping process is taxing to orchids and then they are placed in grocery stores etc. I water my orchids the same year round – what is a “testing” stage? Hope you understand what I mean. The reason why I ask, is because I seem to have such an orchid. Use a new blade for each new plant. Just remove it from the decorative pot and don’t put it back in. Thanks so much! Should I cut this one down or leave until the two remaining flowers fall please. Near a window? If you cut off the orchid’s stems and they grow right back, they may produce beautiful flowers. I’ve had this orchid for well over 5 years and I bought it from Tesco. You answered 99% of them. It may not have the energy to bloom again or it could. I have a phalenopsis orchid that I got for Mothers Day . When and where do I cut it to make it rebloom again? It seems I am doing everything right lol. Hi, I recently purchase two Orchids. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks. It probably used up a lot of its energy producing three flower spikes. Is that over watering? I am also questioning where to cut the shoot back to. Thanx for being there for us myfirstorchid! I have a post in this and it needs to be treated with peroxide even though it was repotted. Charlie. You water them when they are dry. The young spike is currently trying to bloom two baby buds that ive identified and i want them to bloom. I want to keep my plant and learn how to take care of them. Plus it’s good to see how their roots are doing and sometimes by doing this I have found really sad roots and had to go down a size in a pots. Its planted in the moss mix so i try to wait til its dry before watering. Watering It sounds like a keiki. I haven’t done anything different. The only reason I suggest repotting a new orchid is most of the time they are sold in pots that strangle their roots and suffocate them to death as shown here… How are you watering it? Should I cut back to the root? Cutting Off Dead Stems. Sympodial orchids, on the other hand, grow along a long, horizontal stem called a rhizome. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/orchid-disaster/, You can always send pics to email@example.com. Thanks for answering my question. Good luck. No new leaves are growing. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/root-rot/. The ‘stems’ are less than an inch from the base and are brown and dried up [like hard sticks] but no signs of new growth and no new stems. If you are in between sizes you can add white packing peanuts to the pot to absorb extra room. Severed Stem. You can always send me a picture of your orchid and I can tell you what it is. I was looking for the exact thing since few day . I am glad this site can help you and let me know if you have questions. However, after ready many of your wonderful articles I have to say your advice is spot on-you get everything right as far my own experience with orchids go! YouTube: Sonia's Garden — Basic Orchid Care. I cut one off – just the brown part. It has bloomed several times since I have had it. It is in the same pot and it does have drainage holes. A disposable, straight-edged razor blade is a good tool to use for cutting leaves, flowers and old flower spikes (even dead leaves and old inflorescences can harbor virus). Thank you so much for this post! Thanks! Is it safe to cut the stem now or should I really wait for it to turn brown? Cutting off of the dead stems are done after the flowers wither and die. Some people like to cut only the brown part back in hopes that it may bloom again this year. You can cut it off but I normally just let it fall off. I have a orchid which the stem has kinda forked off. Is it dying or still growing? I just got my daughter an Orchid she was driving me crazy about it. If that is the the case it may be potted in a pot without drainage? Please help! If it stays green for a long time and has an additional shoot from the existing main stem that maybe never produced a flower – it may additionally flower in this case. Now it will not grow a new stem. You can always send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is still alive but no flowers. This helps transfer the energy. It has been green for about 5 years and produces beautiful blooms 2-3 times per year on the same spike! I’m assuming after I cut the stem back to it’s base roots I will still need to water whenever its very dry? I would repot it if it’s growing out of its current pot and/or it’s been in its current pot for two years. But sometimes I feel like it isn’t getting enough water. Can you advise please? Hello Hannah, thank you for such an informative site!! They bloom beautifully for her. The small buds were most likely experiencing Bud Blast. I am not an expert but I would assume it would be eaten by other wildlife and also naturally decompose. Check out this link and let me know if this is what you are referring to… http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/basal-keikibaby-orchid/. ….in one of the stems. After orchids are done blooming the stems should die back completely. Thank you. Throughout an orchid’s dormant time, blooms drop from the stem, and the stem may shrivel and turn gray or brown. I go through this checklist first. It will turn brown and it will be pretty obvious that this stem is done blooming and that its dead. It didn’t have a lot of roots after trimming. Hi Hannah, Some orchids will naturally produce many aerial roots, while others will have relatively few. So I think I should repot but should I do something to get the roots back into the orchid soil? Then sprinkle cinnamon, yes the natural stuff in your cabinet, on it to help it fight off bacteria. You can send me a picture of the leaves at email@example.com. Now I have the branches with a couple of buds on that haven’t done anything for a couple of months now and I’m not sure what to do?! I have a orchid which has dropped all its flowers but it has started to shoot of again from the stem can I cut it above that shoot . The outer pot kinda traps moisture and doesn’t allow for air flow. Let me know if you have further questions and I hope that helps. Hi, I have the same problem the steam is turning black, but has a little steam green growing at the end of the steam. You should cut the stem back. It grows slow, but has grown three new leaves, just no stems for flowers. Thank you, for the article. Your repotting was totally correct – good job! Well we can hope it will grow another spike. Is it dying? I have an orchid for two years that bloomed constantly. 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