Submitted by ub on Fri, 05/12/2023 - 14:38

Living along the NYC shores of Orchard Beach makes me curious learn about their kissing cousin’s better half.

While orchids can live for many years indoors when cared for properly, a common misconception about these tropical plants is that once the flowers die the plant itself is also dead. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Like many plants, orchids bloom regularly throughout their lifetime, with each blooming period lasting between two to three months. 

Phalaenopsis orchids are the species of orchid most commonly sold in nurseries and grocery stores, and usually only bloom once or twice a year. Other species however may bloom more regularly. While you can’t technically force an orchid to grow a new flower spike, you can provide it with the right conditions to induce blooming. So instead of throwing your new orchid away once it’s finished blooming, here’s what you can do instead to encourage your orchid to grow a new flower spike. 


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