One of my favourite things about Moth Orchids is their long blooming period. You can usually expect a good four months of blossoms out of a healthy moth orchid. But what about when the blossoming stops? Are you doomed to a petal-free mass of leafy greens and orchid spikes? No, I say! No, you are not!
To encourage Moth Orchid reblooming, you will need:
1) An orchid (duh)
2) Sterilized Sheers, Blade or Scissors (depending)
3) Cinnamon or melted wax
4) Fertilizer (I recommend Orchid Myst!)
Your first big decision comes when your orchid loses its last blossom: To cut or not to cut? Orchid experts seem to debate whether or not to cut back remaining orchid spikes. I have had success with both. A few tips:
1) Cut any dried or brown spikes. These are dried out and dead, so just cut them right off at the base!
2) If you do decide to cut back the healthy green spikes, there are two options:
i) Make your cut beneath the plant’s original first blossom, but above a node. Chances are, a new spike will sprout from this node!
ii) If you don’t want to encourage blossom regrowth right away, but give your orchid a rest, cut the spike at the base, removing most of it!
3) Orchids are extremely susceptible to disease! So if you do cut your spikes, make sure you use clean and sterilized scissors. Following this, seal the cut surface with either cinnamon or a bit of melted wax. I’ve had great success with both options. My boyfriend once cooked one of my orchid’s leaves (long story); I had to operate and remove the entire leaf. With the use of sanitized scissors and some cinnamon, my orchid made a full recovery! 🙂
From this point onwards, I just recommend the usual TLC for your orchids until they are ready to rebloom. I’ve had orchids rebloom almost a year to the date of their previous bloom. I’ve had others start only a couple of months following the end of a previous bloom. The constant across all of my orchids is consistent indirect sunlight, weekly watering, and regular spraying of Orchid Myst on their leaves, roots and stems (but not blossoms!)
Good luck! 🙂
This orchid rebloomed almost a year after I first purchased it. In this case, I cut back one spike to the base, and another spike below the old blossoms, but above a node. In the end, the new spikes grew from the node!