What to Do with your Orchid Arrangement Once it is Done Blooming?
Orchids are known for their delicate beauty and long-lasting blooms, making them a popular choice for home decor and special occasions. However, once an orchid arrangement has finished blooming, many people are left wondering what to do with the plant.
Here are a few tips on how to care for your orchid arrangement once it is done blooming.
1. Cut Back the Flower Spike: Once the flowers have fallen off the plant, you can cut back the flower spike to just above a node (the small bump on the stem). This will encourage the orchid to produce a new spike and bloom again in the future.
2. Keep Watering: Just because your orchid is no longer in bloom doesn't mean it doesn't need water. Continue to water your orchid as usual, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Be careful not to overwater, as this can cause root rot.
3. Provide Adequate Light: Orchids need bright, indirect light to thrive. Place your orchid in a location where it will receive plenty of light but not direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
4. Maintain Humidity: Orchids are native to tropical regions and thrive in a humid environment. To keep your orchid healthy, mist it regularly or place a tray of water near the plant to increase humidity.
5. Fertilize: Orchids need regular fertilization to thrive. Use a balanced orchid fertilizer once a month to provide the plant with the nutrients it needs to grow.
6. Repot When Necessary: As orchids grow, they may outgrow their pots and need to be repotted. If you notice that your orchid is becoming root-bound or the soil is breaking down, it may be time to repot. Use a specialized orchid potting mix and be sure to carefully remove any dead or damaged roots before repotting.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your orchid arrangement stays healthy and vibrant even after the blooms have faded. With a little care and attention, your orchid can continue to grace your home with its beauty for years to come.
For more information on how to care for your orchid, view these videos from our YouTube channel: How to Care for and Maintain Phalaenopsis Orchids, How to Repot Your Phalaenopsis Orchids, or All about Orchids or read the following blogs: A Complete Guide to Orchid Care for Beginners, The Most Beautiful Varieties of Orchids to Grow Indoors and ORCHIDS 101: Soil Prep, Planting in Pots & Basic Maintenance.