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I’m trying to keep orchids going after they have flowered. What do I do so they will flower again next season? And how often do they flower?


Posted by sizzlingcool, 13th February 2014


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  • I;m not usually any good with Orchids however I have had 2 now for 2 years and they sit on my kitchen windowsill (morning sun) and they just keep flowering. I only water once a week.


  • I spoke to a horticulturist, as I had the same issue, apparently orchids from the supermarket purchased for a decorative flower are not designed to re flower- very frustrating


  • my understanding is that you need a good feeding schedule for orchids and you can buy specific orchid food for them


  • they need to be feed regularly


  • Depends on the type of orchid you have. I have the butterfly orchid (4 in different Colours) and they seem to flower about every 10 months or so. I water mine every two weeks with warm water, have them in a sunny spot in a warm room and every second water add a tiny (1/4 teasp in one litre water) orchid fertiliser. Also don’t repot very often as it takes them ages to reflower once the roots are disturbed.


  • We have had orchids for over 30 years & they are the easiest plants to keep & require very little maintenance. Ours flower every year & all we do is separate them when they get too overcrowded i n their pots & make new plants out of them. After they have been separated they may not flower that year but always recover. We keep ours in a semi shaded area which gets some light but not direct hot afternoon sun


  • My Mum used to have orchids and she didnt really do much to be honest and hers always flowered.
    I know there are some types that are not yearly flowering though so i think it depends on what type of orchid you have.


  • I have been told they like to be ignored..a tight fit in their pot apparently they like.


  • there are some good comments here


  • I use orchid potting mixture & orchid food for my orchids.


  • Go to your local library and find some books on how to manage orchids, it might help and you might find some interesting ideas from reading


  • I was told to ignore them completely. They are best left alone


  • Some orchids only flower every two years, so maybe check which you have also I have been told that if they are not flowering put them in a dry corner in the garden and ignore them and this will revive them, have just tried this waiting to see what happens!


  • I am interested in these answers too!


  • We use orchid food ours flower 1 time every year usually around september/october.


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