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By: Dana | Date: May 4, 2010 |
Hi, I know nothing about orchids, but my sweet grandaughter bought one for her mommy in school today, and the stem with the flowers on it got broken before she could get it home. She cried and I promised I get some info. I put the stem back into the plant and watered, should I go by another one or will it be ok till mother's day. I hear they only bloom 1x a year. Please help. Thanks!! Happy Mother's Day if it applies!!

By: lisa | Date: May 3, 2010 |
i recieved a cymbidium orchid about a week ago and was advised by florist to repot. this plant has large blooms so i think i'm not supposed to repot. my issue is that i have noticed some black spotting on the stem? where it looks like blooms could sprout. there is also some yellowing and black spots on leaves. do i repot and change to maybe a better drained medium or is light the issue?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 3, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Ali: I believe the "buds" you're describing are actually new leaf growth. The old stems, or flower spikes, will not bloom again, and you can remove them if you wish. Use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution to cut spikes.

To CJ: No plant likes to be repotted while blooming, orchids included. The ideal time to repot is after flowering is finished. You've sacrificed the Oncidium's flowers to give the plant a head start on its next cycle of growth. Black spots on leaves may be a sign of repotting stress or other problems. Leave the plant in a shady, humid area for the next few weeks to allow it to recover, and then slowly move it into brighter conditions. Place top-heavy orchid pots inside heavier pots, or use weights to keep them in place.

By: Ali | Date: May 3, 2010 |
My orchids have long stems with no flowers---- and now there are buds coming from the base of the stems. Should I cut the stems down near the base?

By: CJ | Date: May 3, 2010 |
I received an orchid in bloom (oncidium). I repotted it because the plant was top heavy and couldn't stay upright in the small pot. The flowers are dying, and a few tiny dark spots have appeared on some of the leaves. Is the plant in shock? Should I treat it for something or let it acclimate and wait it out?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 3, 2010 | AboutOrchids
No, I don't think you've killed your orchid. It's finished with its blooming season, and has started a period of new leaf and root growth. When it's ready to bloom again, it will grow new flower spikes.

By: Maggie | Date: May 2, 2010 | Have I killed my orchid?
I was given two orchids last summer. One continued to bloom for months and so is fully intact. Its last two flowers dropped off a couple off weeks ago. The other plant lost all its flowers much quicker. I think I read about a different kind of orchid online and made the mistake of cutting the main stem down to just a few inches. Since then, it's leaves are ok and its roots are going crazy growing upwards and with nodules on to try to keep it alive I guess. The stem, however, is just a very hard and woody stump! Have I killed it and lost the chance of any more blooms? Any ideas on what to do with it now please?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Apr 30, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Cleo: Phals can bloom on stems, or spikes, that have recently dropped their blooms, but that won't work on older spikes. Instead, provide good basic orchid care. It will grow new spikes when it's ready to bloom again.

To Janet: Check this post on Reading Your Orchid's Leaves. Insufficient light for more than a few weeks, low humidity, overwatering, underwatering, allowing the pot to sit in water, or cold temps can cause wilting. If you can ID your orchid, it can help you investigate further.

To Lisa: By Daisy Orchid, I believe you're referring to a type of Cirrhopetalum. Check Reading Your Orchid's Leaves. Large black spots may be sunburn, pests, disease, or fungus. It may help to contact the vendor and ask, if possible.

By: Cleo Walker | Date: Apr 30, 2010 |
I moved into our apt and the previous owner left me his orchid. I think it is a Phal. The leaves are heathy and green and I even have a new one growing. Unfortunately the flowers are all gone and all I have is the long stems that the flowers where on. What do I do now? Do I cut the stems back in order to get more flowers?

By: Janet Orfitelli | Date: Apr 29, 2010 |
I just received my first orchid as a gift. The leaves are wilting and I don't know why. At first I had it in an area with very little light and I was told to move it to indirect light, which is where I have it now. It has slowly begun to wilt. The leaves are bright green, but the orchid petals are dying. Any suggestions? I have watered it but not overwatered it.

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