My Orchid Refuses to Flower. What's Wrong?
While the orchid flower is one of the most beautiful flowers while in bloom, they often go dormant for months at a time. Often times it seems that they will never come back. However, just because the orchid flowers seem like they are refusing to bloom, doesn’t mean that there is no hope for the plant in the future. There might not even be anything wrong with the orchid; however, there are a few things that you can do to help them along.
Are You Growing Indoors or Outdoors?
Some orchids will thrive indoors while others will not. If you are growing indoors, and depending on seasonal weather, take them outside once in awhile, especially at night if temperatures are mild. Often times, orchids will need cooler temperatures for periods in order to get new flower growths moving. Taking your orchid plants outside at least once per day is a good way to see if new flowers are possible.
If you are growing outdoors, there might be a problem with the amount of light the orchids are receiving on a regular basis. Certain varieties of orchids will not do well with intense direct sunlight so if your flowers are constantly in the sun, try moving them to a part of your garden that is shaded while still lighted. If you have been keeping your flowers in complete shelter and shade without properly lighted areas, move them to a location where there will still be shelter but sufficient sunlight as well. Other varieties such as blue orchids need extreme heat and direct sunlight. If you have one of these types of flowers, it is necessary to move it to another location in your garden.
Feeding Your Orchids
The amount that you are watering your flowers may have some consequences to whether or not flowers will bloom. Too much or too little water will directly affect the flowers potential. For most of the season, it is important to water at least once every two weeks. Flood the pot with water and allow to drain making sure that the bark or soil stays moist before applying more water. Watering more frequently than this may cause your orchids to remain dormant for longer.
Use fertilizer as well. If you haven’t been providing the roots of the orchid with sufficient or appropriate fertilizer, this may also be a reason why they aren’t flowering. Add a diluted mixture of fertilizer to the pot when it is time to water them and increase incrementally as needed. Also remember not to fertilize too often, it will burn the roots and kill the orchid permanently.
Orchids are slow growing flowers and usually only flower once per year depending on its variety. Often times when they look like they are never going to bloom again, they still have potential. While they are not flowering, look at their leaves to see if there is still hope. If they are still green, then most likely you will see blooms again in the fall. If they are discolored and yellow, chances are that you will need to replant again.