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7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Caring For Orchids

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7 surprising things you didn't know about caring for orchids
7 surprising things you didn’t know about caring for orchids

For those of you who were expecting the conclusion to our landscape lighting series, it will continue next week! Between going to a blogging conference last week and getting ready for my friend’s big anniversary party this week, I just didn’t get the lighting post done. In the meantime, hopefully you will enjoy reading about orchids instead :)

If you are a fan of mystery writer Rex Stout, you know that he had his protagonist (Nero Wolfe) spend at least one uninterrupted hour daily sequestered in his orchard atrium. The trials of orchid propagation and disease protection were described in such detail that I formed an impression that this plant was difficult and temperamental to grow.

Orchids are fairly inexpensive so you can have more than one in a room | 7 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Caring For Orchids
Orchids are fairly inexpensive so you can have more than one in a room

Then I started using the moth or Phalaenopsis orchid as an accent plant in decorating and learned how easy they are to care for.

The addition of one of these blooming plants brings a room alive with a cheerful focal point. The blossoms last for 3 months or longer. Because they are now readily available commercially and priced so well, it is possible to have at least one brightening up a room.

Orchid garden in Kauai | 7 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Caring For Orchids
Orchid garden in Kauai

Do not be daunted by how exotic they look. It belies how tough and resilient they are. You need only to see the outdoor orchid garden at a resort on Lanai, or the orchids growing wild on the trees lining ‘Alligator Alley’ in Florida to be convinced.

Keep reading to find 7 surprising things you didn’t know about caring for orchids.

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  1. Christina in FL
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    Wonderful tips and info, thanks! I only recently discovered the bloom stalks re-bloom! :) I didn’t know many of these tips. Thank you!!!

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Christina! Glad you found the tips helpful :)

  2. Lenora Good
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    Many thanks! I inherited some orchids and killed most of them with kindness. A couple still live, and I shall now ignore them ;-) Maybe they will forgive me?

    • Wanda
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      I used to kill every orchid I owned, too, until I figured out that they really don’t need much attention…now they’re the easiest plants in my house. Good luck with the ones you still have!

  3. Michael
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    Great Help! Now I have to get the nerve & try. These are my Mother’s favorite flower. Thank You.

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Michael! They really are pretty easy to grow. Just don’t fuss over them too much :)

  4. Retta Parks
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    I have an orchid that put out an 7 inch shoot from healthy looking mother plant. But instead of flower buds, it has roots and leaves. What and how is the best thing I should do now? Thanks in advance.

    • Wanda
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      Hi Retta…It sounds like the plant is very happy in its location. The only thing I would do…add 1/8th tsp of orchid fertilizer to the water the next time it is watered. Then have patience. Hope this helps!

  5. Lynn Williams
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    I love orchids I bought some and flowered beautiful. I was replanting one and the stems broke off . Can you tell me will it grow a new stalk or stalks it was a double or did I ruin it. Can you please let me know thankyou Lynn.

    • Flora
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      Hello Lynn, I think that your orchid will push out a new stem after it has had a 6 month dormant period. Some people cut the stem off at the plant after it has finished blooming. It is quite exciting to watch the new stems grow once they start.

  6. Rosa Esturain
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    Me encantaron sus consejos…estoy iniciándome en el mundo de las orquídeas, continuare pendiente de sus escritos-muchas gracias. Saludos

    • Wanda
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      Gracias, Rosa. Buena suerte con las orquídeas :)

  7. Susan Windham
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    I received a orchid 2yrs for birthday and it rebloom 2months after it loses it bloom! I finally got it right!

    • Wanda
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      That’s great, Susan! It’s nice to hear success stories :)

  8. Brenda Loviska
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    Thank you so much for all the helpful information! I will try ti get up the nerve to propagate!

    • Wanda
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      Hi Brenda…I’m glad you found it useful. Good luck!

  9. Taurus
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    I live in sunny California where it’s over 90 degrees for the summer. So, can I place my orchids outside?

    • Wanda
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      Hi Taurus…I suspect it will be a little too hot and sunny for your orchids to be happy outside. They usually like daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, and most do best with indirect light…you may be able to get away with it if you put them in a shady spot.

  10. Ruth
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    The phaelanopsis reblooms easier if there is a 10 degree drop in temperature at night starting in early October .

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Ruth! I didn’t know that! But I do have my thermostat set to drop the temperature at night in the winter so I think I have been unintentionally doing that :)

  11. Ruth
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    You’re welcome . You rarely see that tidbit about getting orchids to rebloom .

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