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How To Get Orchids To Rebloom

Written by James, Plant Lover

The phalaenopsis, or moth orchid, is a plant with fleshy, rounded leaves and attractive flowers that come in many colours, from vibrant pink to bright white. In Greek, the word 'phalaenopsis' literally means 'moth-like'.

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How to get your orchids to rebloom year after year

There are many common misconceptions about orchids. People often think that once the flowers have dropped and the leaves dry up, their plant is dead–but it’s just dormant. The dormancy period is a vital stage for future blooms. So if you provide your orchid with the right care throughout the year, it will reward you by reblooming every few months.

What many people get wrong with orchids is putting them in the wrong area, e.g. too cold, not enough sun, too much sun etc. So now that you know the environment is key, you won't fall for the same mistakes!

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Our top tips for how to get your orchids to rebloom

The moth orchid variety is one of the simplest to grow and is favoured for its long blooming period, which can last up to 6 months. Orchids have gained an unfair rep for being fussy plants, which often deters people from buying them. But they're more easy going than you think, especially moth orchids. These guys love nothing more than some indirect light, humidity, and a good feeding now and then. So with a little TLC, your moth-like friend will brighten up your home again and again with its vibrant, showy blooms.

Cutting the spike

Once the flowers have done their thing, it's time to cut the spike down. The orchid spike is also known as the stem, which is the part where the buds and flowers grow. Moth orchids will sometimes rebloom from the old spike, but to give it the best chance at flowering, cutting it down will provide new and healthy growth.


Just like with any other plant, there's no strict watering habit to follow for orchids. The environment greatly impacts how much water the plant will need, so you'll have to judge for yourself depending on whether the soil is drying out. Unfortunately, overwatering is common and just as harmful as underwatering; but you can prevent this by allowing water to drain from the pot instead of letting the roots get soggy. Signs that your orchid has been overwatered are limp leaves or brown roots, whereas signs that your orchid needs more water are dry leaves and stunted growth.

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Like humans, orchids love a good meal now and then. The growing season is when it's most important to use orchid food to give them the best chance at optimal health and beautiful, vibrant blooms. Many people stick to a once-a-month fertilising schedule; however, pros tend to follow the rule of 'feed weakly, weekly'; this reduces the chances of overfeeding because the solution is diluted. Feeding can also be handy during the dormancy period when the plant replenishes any lost nutrients.

Light & temperature

Orchids thrive in bright indirect light during the growing season and dormancy. The perfect spot for an orchid would be near a window that receives a good amount of sun through a thin curtain so it’s not too overpowering. Temperature is also important; the best environment for an orchid is in a room that dips in temperature at night (specifically about 5ºC), as this somewhat mimics what they're used to in their native habitat.

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