What is the best way to care for a flowering orchid?
- Place the orchid in a sunny place, but not in direct sunlight. Place the orchid in a room temperature.
- Keep the orchid moist. Therefore, water the plant at least once a week in summer and winter. Make sure that the roots of the plant do not remain in the water. It is therefore preferable to remove the residual water from the decorative pot after watering.
- From April to October you can give the plant some plant food once every 2 weeks in order to achieve optimal growth and flowering.
What can you do when the plant has finished flowering?
- When the plant has finished flowering, you can cut off the branch with faded flowers. Do this just above the earth.
- With proper treatment, the plant will make new shoots, from which new branches will emerge. This treatment is the same as for a blooming orchid.
- It differs per species when flowers return to the plant. For example, a Zygopetalem can flower up to 3 times a year. An Oncidium will flower again after 9-12 months.
You bring a Zygopetalum into your home to be surprised several times when the orchid starts to flower again.