Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying this cooler weather.  It brings on the feeling of fall/winter.  Today we are going to address a question from Crista.

Here goes…Hope you don’t mind my question but I need help with my orchid. The stem is going brown and it’s not blooming. Ideas? — Crista

Hi Crista,

If the entire stem is brown I would cut the stem all the way down.  Now, if the leaves are healthy and green (not droopy or wilted) and part of the stem is still green I would cut the stem just above a node (it looks like a joint within the stem). Make sure where you cut the node the stem is green.  Your Orchid may not be blooming because it is not getting enough direct light. Orchids are somewhat particular about their environment.  They like to have direct sunlight and they do not like to be over watered.  I would suggest watering your orchid once a week.  And if it has a lot of the spongy moss in it, check the moisture level before you water it.  If it is moist wait to water it.

To kick the blooming into gear you can always put your orchids outside for a few weeks, especially now that it is cool.  The outside temperature needs to be 55 degrees or above at night.  Try this for a few weeks.  And you may also want to fertilize it.  Your local nursery will have Orchid fertilizer.  And don’t forget sunlight.

I hope this is helpful.

The below orchid is a picture of one I am currently office sitting for a co-worker.  It is beautiful!



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    Crista says

    Thank you, Stacie! I’m going to give it a shot tonight. Love your blog-I’m learning so much and it is inspiring!

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