At one point, years ago, I was able to get one of my orchids to re-bloom. I haven’t got a CLUE what I did that allowed that to happen. It is one of the great mysteries of my life!
HOWEVER, I’m here to tell you that is also on my list of items on my steep learning curve. I had a question from someone the other day about orchid care. Like me, they were a bit puzzled why their orchids never re-bloomed. So, I’m on a quest!
Here is one article about orchid care from the gentleman who is the Perennial Plants guru at the University of Vermont. It has a lot of information, but it does not really delve into the technique of getting that elusive re-bloom. But it’s a good place to start.
My next link is to Clemson University Extension that is a little more informative. It talks about different varieties of orchids and a bit more about humidity, and fertilizing, etc.
Here’s an article from a University of Minnesota Graduate Student that is fabulous. It includes a ton of other information, which doesn’t relate to orchids, but the second article is all about Moth Orchids. It is FULL of information that is helpful!
Needless to say, reading all this information allows me to be able to tell you what to do, but at this point I haven’t seen it work on my own plant. I’ll have to be VERY patient. That’s one of the points made over and over. It sometimes takes over a year for an orchid to re-bloom!
For those of you residing at Horizon House, I asked Cathy (at the front desk) if she’d consent to meeting with us to give us a few “tips”. She said yes, IF she could get away from the desk for a little while. SOOOO… I’m going to try to line up a little “Bring Your Orchid To Class” meeting for next week. Stay tuned. I’ll try to get a room; post the meeting time in the elevators, and make a note on the mailing list. More than likely I won’t get it into the Alert, because of lack of time. At any rate, bring your troublesome orchid, or any orchid for that matter, and we’ll trouble shoot together.
At this point, Cathy says it’s simple. She gives her orchids TWO ICE CUBES a week and NEVER cuts off the blooming stem after it has finished blooming!