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By: Margarita Cabre | Date: Apr 18, 2010 |
The flowers on a couple of my phalaenopsis which are in full bloom are wilting - I have over 30 plants and this is the first time in my 6 years of having them (most are only a couple of years old) that this has occurred. I tried a thorough draining of the plant a couple of days, but there was no improvement. What can I do.

Thank you. Marga in Sitges, Spain

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Apr 14, 2010 | AboutOrchids
There are several possibilities to investigate. Common causes of buds dropping include low light levels, low humidity, cold temps, or pests.

By: Karen | Date: Apr 13, 2010 |
My orchid buds up and looks like it is going to bloom but before they open, the buds dry up and fall off. Can you tell me why?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Apr 13, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Yes, it's normal, and as long as you have good humidity, it's not a problem. Most orchids are air plants, and grow in the wild with their roots in the air.

By: Alma | Date: Apr 12, 2010 |
I recently received an ORCHID from the store and it seems to have roots outside of the pot. Is this normal?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Apr 11, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Donna: Your orchid has a "keiki," or baby orchid. You can cut it off and pot it, but it may take several years to mature and bloom.

To Pat: Some kinds of Dendrobiums drop their leaves when they go dormant in winter. Slowly increase watering with spring flowers and new leaf growth.

To Stacey: Try to identify your orchid so you can learn its specific care needs. If you can't ID it, check this generic orchid care info.

By: Donna Brem | Date: Apr 10, 2010 |
My orchid has produced a "baby" which is growing very nicely at the top of the plant. It is producing healthy roots "in the air." Should I cut this off and place it in soil or what? Your help would be greatly appreciated. The mother plant has bloomed twice for me and both mother and "baby" appear to be very healthy--the plant just looks quite strange.

By: pat | Date: Apr 10, 2010 |
my orchid due to cold weather lost all the leaves but the flowering stem is growing nicely with buds. will it start new leaves the stalk is brown and dry looking? thank you

By: stacey | Date: Apr 10, 2010 |
what do i do with this orchid after all the flowers fall off?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Apr 9, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Tina: It's normal for orchids to take a break from blooming so they can grow new leaves and roots. I recommend you cut off the old flower stem. Use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, bleach solution, or rubbing alcohol. Also check basic care info for Phals.

To Debbie: Check basic care info for Phals. Depending on light levels, temps, humidity, and other factors, most Phals need a thorough watering at least once a week, so waiting 24 days is too long.

To Jennifer: Check this post on Reading Your Orchid's Leaves. Make sure the flower pot has good drainage, and the roots are not sitting in water.

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