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By: AboutOrchids | Date: Feb 15, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Theresa: The only orchids I know that can be forced to rebloom are Phals. You'll need to do some good old-fashioned detective work to figure out what growing conditions you need to change for your Catt and Cymbidium. Both kinds need bright light and winter dormancy. Some Cymbidiums need big temperature drops at night to flower.

To Marie: On the Google homepage, click on "Language Tools" and you can translate text and entire web pages. Bonne chance.

By: Theresa | Date: Feb 14, 2010 |
I have several types of orchids, live in central florida and think I'm doing OKish, but, I have two that have not re-bloomed . .. a Cattleya and a Cimbidium (chocolate). Can any orchid be "forced" to re-bloom? This must be possible, I bet the growers do it . . .

By: marie | Date: Feb 14, 2010 |
Is there somebody who can help me in french about orchids? Thank you.

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Feb 12, 2010 | AboutOrchids
You can cut back the bloom stalk to the base, or as far down as possible without damaging nearby roots or leaves. Use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, bleach solution, or rubbing alcohol.

By: Lucretia Mossberg | Date: Feb 11, 2010 |
When my orchid finishes a bloom stalk, how far do I cut it back? None of my books tell me.

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Feb 7, 2010 | AboutOrchids
With 8 leaves remaining, it sounds like you have a happy Phal, and losing the lower leaves is not a concern. It's dropping older leaves to make room for new growth on top, and that means you timed your repotting well.

By: Chris | Date: Feb 6, 2010 |
I have a phaleanopsis that I repotted a month ago. I've owned the plant for 4+ years and it has been a reliable rebloomer and still sits in the same window it always has . It currently has a spike and new leaf growth at the top of the plant. The plant has 12 large leaves, however, the bottom 4 leaves are starting to brown at the ends and fall off. The top leaves look healthy but the leaf loss has me concerned. The plant has never gone through a leaf loss like this. Any ideas on the cause?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Feb 5, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Colette: You haven't given me much info to work with, but limp leaves can be a sign of several different problems, so you'll need to do some homework. Possible causes include too much or too little water, low light, cold temps, or need for repotting.

To Sandy: Check basic info on orchid repotting, and also this blog post on repotting. Most orchids need to be repotted every 2 or 3 years, ideally just after blooming has finished and new leaf and root growth is starting.

By: Colette | Date: Feb 5, 2010 |
My orchid leaves are limp.

By: Sandy H. | Date: Feb 4, 2010 |
How do I know when to re-pot/replant my orchid?

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