Hey friends. It’s Shirley Bovshow from the Home & Family show. Today, I want to solve that problem you have. What do you do with your orchid after it’s finished blooming? [I] know a lot [of] you just throw it away. You say, “Oh, it’s dead.” But take a look at how beautiful this plant is. I want to tempt you into wanting to have more of this “gorgeousness” in your home. It’s important to learn how to coax your Orchid to live a very long life and to bloom again. Because, sometimes, you may receive one of these as a special gift and it has a sentimental attachment. It’s pretty simple guys, and here’s the lowdown. When you receive your orchid, it looks beautiful like this. It’s important to understand what makes an orchid HAPPY! Number one: Look at this: An Orchid in nature, is NOT planted in the ground, it grows ON TREE LIMBS, on the crotches of BRANCHES! It is an EPIPHYTE. It’s a plant that does not need soil to survive but at the same time, look at all of these roots! These roots are exposed in the tropical rainforest to the humid air so that it captures water and soaks water through here and also the nutrients from the air, the nitrogen, and everything, and also all the decaying matter feed this as a natural fertilizer and Do you notice something? Look how the flower is actually bowed [over]. They actually grow almost kind of like a vine-DOWN! That’s why we use stakes! Does that make sense? So, now, I want to give you some hope with your orchids. Once it goes from this, to this! Okay, now you’ll say, “Shirley, I had a beautiful Orchid but it’s dead now, look at it! And, I look at it and I say, “Well, huh, you know… The leaves are looking good, they’re green. I see the.. …nice little aerial roots.” This plant my friends, is NOT dead! What it is, is that it has finished flowering! Now it’s going to enter into its dormancy period. But it’s the time when you REALLY start to take CARE of your plant! When you have something like this at home, you just make sure you water it once a week, and you put it in a BRIGHT room. But when you want to keep your plant for KEEPS… Here’s the first step: Number one, find a really good spot in your house near a window, preferably. Where you get nice, bright light, but not DIRECT sunshine beaming on this. You DON”T want that! It will damage your leaves, and it’s not a good thing! But, the reason why it’s good to be near a window is because it will have that ambient heat. And, it’s very important for an orchid to be in a room That’s about 70 to 80 degrees. That’s extremely important! But even more important than that, if you want this to re-bloom for the next season, It needs to have a CHANGE in TEMPERATURE at NIGHT! That means in this room, near this window.. ..hopefully it will become 10 to 15 degrees LESS! Those are magic numbers guys 10 to 15 degrees less! And then what happens, is this will then hasten to create more buds for the next season! So remember: Put it near a window where it’s BRIGHT, (NOT direct sunlight), and make sure that the TEMPERATURE CHANGES from DAY to NIGHT by about 15 degrees. And then.. ..something you may want to do … …Is you may want to trim… …any of the dieback.. from your stem.. because an orchid could live 50 YEARS! I know some of you just have it for like, five DAYS, but 50 YEARS, if you keep it going! So what we want to do, is we want to cut around the fourth node. And if you want to take a close look at this… …this is a NODE. This is where new growth emerges from the stem. So we’re going to go..”One. two, three… …four.” I’m going to cut right above that node. Whats going to happen is that when it’s time for this to continue growing from the TIP, It will create… …maybe ONE, or maybe TWO stems, from where more BUDS are going to come. And so, that is the important thing! I want you to notice something else. I have this pot on a BED of GRAVEL. The reason for that is, THAT’S the other element that’s very important for your Orchid to be happy! It needs HUMIDITY! Now if you’re in a DRY room, (which most of us are)… It does not give it enough humidity. So if you put it on a bedrock of the rocks, you put some water in here. What happens as the water evaporates, it creates a beautiful… …HUMID DOME for your plant! THAT is how you’re going to Coax it back. Another thing that’s really important … ..Well, when you have a plant that’s this beautiful, I’ve heard people say, “What kind of orchid food should I feed it? Should I fertilize it?” Well, I do suggest that you have a specific Orchid food or something that promotes blooms and flowers. But, THIS is NOT the time to fertilize your orchid! NOT when it’s in full bloom friends! When it STOPS blooming, when you bring it over and you give it this ideal situation, THAT is WHEN you want to put your… …Orchid on a feeding schedule! ..Take a look at the instructions on your orchid food. If it says to give a certain amount per week or per month,… cut it in HALF and then give it a WEAK dose, but do it WEEKLY. So they call it, “Weakly, weekly!” So a weak dose, WEEKLY so that EVERY time you water it, it gets a little bit of food. On the subject of watering… It’s really important NOT to let your orchid STAND or pool in WATER! Now, I told you to put it on little pebbles, but that doesn’t mean that it has DIRECT access to the water! The water is BELOW the pebbles. But you don’t want that because what happens is, these roots will PULL UP the water and the water will sit AROUND the ROOT area and ROT it! Not good! And that just defeats the purpose. So it’s very important that when you do water it, you want to water it COMPLETELY! Which I mean, just get the water through. Make sure that it’s COMING OUT from the bottom COMPLETELY and If it starts to over full,… overflow.. And if it starts [to] overflow, make sure to rinse it out. But you want to do that at least ONCE a WEEK. Once, (twice maybe), but ONCE a WEEK, a FULL, nice WATERING. Do NOT get the leaves WET! Now, if you want to understand… (Once it starts to grow, maybe in a few months) .. the WAY an ORCHID BLOOMS, is important to know. First of all, take a look at this beautiful little Orchid. It’s got this long stem… ..got all these beautiful little buds. Well the way it works is… ..It starts to OPEN from the BOTTOM!. So this was the FIRST bud that opened up, then this one, now this one is opening, and now we’ve got some more coming along! So this is important to know because when you go out and you BUY an orchid plant for yourself or as a gift,… you DON’T want to buy one that doesn’t have ANY buds! Because then what’s going to happen is as soon as these are TIRED.. there’s NO MORE… Orchid FLOWERS until NEXT season, (IF you do what I just showed you and take care of it correctly!) So, that’s a hot tip guys for when you buy your orchids! Make sure they’ve got buds! Again… DON’T THROW AWAY your beautiful Orchid once it STOPS flowering! It’s got life in it for MANY years. Some people have 50 60 years with the same Orchid being passed down in the family! They’re gorgeous, they’re works of art! So anyway… Make sure it DROPS in TEMPERATURE 10 to 15 degrees from DAY to NIGHT. Make sure it gets nice BRIGHT light, NO direct sunlight Make sure that it has HUMIDITY around it, put it on pebbles and give it a little CUT along the fourth NODE and FERTILIZE it! Okay, a lot of work, but it’s so worth it. And then guess what’s going to happen? Your orchid is going to REBLOOM again! “And no one is smarter than this chick.” Oh, no. [I’m] you I love you. “Hey I just wanted to bomb you!” I give you some money? I love you. Should I give you money? [I] love you Orly… She’s so cute! Okay, guys Got it? Now we know how to take care of our orchids and bring them back to life! Hey, if you like these tips, and you want more, watch me on the “Home & Family Show,” weekly, on the Hallmark Channel And you know what? Visit their Facebook page and visit MY FACEBOOK page, “EdenMakers by Shirley Bovshow!” Bye-bye!

100 thoughts on “ORCHID CARE: HOW TO MAKE ORCHIDS REBLOOM / Phalaenopsis

  1. I had to cut my whole flower stem off cutting only down for whatever those things are it didn't keep it from drying out so can begin again to bloom

  2. Thank a million for posting, this clip help me so much understanding how to look after my orchid, as i wasted so much money and couldn't keep them last 😀

  3. I just got a beautiful orchid for a Easter gift. Never had one before thanks for the info on how to care for it.

  4. Thank you Shirley for the videos. I was given a beautiful orchid last December when my mom passed away before the holidays. I want to keep it growing as memory for my mother. Last night, the last flower dropped off its stem. I'll be using all of your videos for advise to keep our beautiful orchid blooming for years on. ~ Roger

  5. Hi! Ive had my orchid for three years now and it has never bloomed, it will grow leaves and roots but no flowers. When I bought it at the end of season on discount, the store already completely cut off the entire stem. Any tips on how to promote an entire new stem to grow?

  6. Thanks Shirley for your beauty orchids, can you show how to grow orchids outside the pot as you said it is an epiphyte plant say on a tree bark?

  7. Thanks for your wonderful tips. recently went to an orchids blossom event. enjoy! ^^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56coiiIsQYs

  8. Once the bloom is off Immediately Repot the thing Most ALL store bought Phalaenopsis orchids are Incompetently planted. (No wage workies in a rush)
    Typically into a rock solid Mass of Moss. Only thing worse would be potting soil.
    Repot it .. so it can live and prosper.. rather than inevitably die from asphyxiation /root rot.

  9. @4:59, when she says " a beautiful, humid dome", did anyone else notice the figure that seems to glide past the window? I backed it up and replayed it a number of times… creepy!!

  10. Glad I found your channel. Watched both your videos abt phalaenopsis care, have 1 as my bday gift & so encourage that I’ll buy 2 more to add. & with your tutorial I can make it. Thank you so much. Is that ok to leave the plant in its decor pot without a hole?

  11. This is some great information. I have a couple of orchids that I am going to try and rebloom using the tips you have laid out in this video. I love that you reply to almost every single comment… that's awesome! I'm subscribing to your channel. Thanks!

  12. Today is 4 weeks since I bought my first #Orchids! It's going strong! I only water it every Thursday!!

  13. Hi , many have asked if you cut off the stem completely will it grow back and you say yes, it will just take longer , but can you give an approximation? Are we talking months or years? Thanks!

  14. Hi Shirley You have some good information on a new orchid owner which is why I subscribed to your channel today because I received a plant today for Mothers Day and need to know how to take good care of it. I have a good green thumb for my regular plants but not for Orchids. Thanks again for your good tips!

  15. I would like to know why so many orchards come saying to put 3 ice cubes. I did that for years and every orchards I had would die. this last one that I have I repotted it and fed it and it rebloomed beautiful. Thank for your video.

  16. Thank you for this video! I would always throw away orchids that I would get as a gift, thinking it died. Now I am going to buy one.😊

  17. Goddammit i should've watch this before i cut mine, I cut the damn thing too low 😠..! Now I have to wait an eternity right?

  18. I've had my orchid for 1.5 yrs…a gift when my husband died. No blooms because I cut the stalk all the way down right after the flowers fell off. I'll try your steps and fingers crossed will see blooms again. TBH, I'm simply shocked that it's still alive!!

  19. I got my orchid for mothers day about 12 years ago. Once, I left it outside and racoons nibbled on its roots. One time, I forgot to bring it inside and the sun nearly cooked it.  Years later I forgot to bring it inside and it went through a frost. It puts out 4 flowers per year.  Sometimes, it has two flowering sessions…. 4 flowers each.

  20. For fertilizing I got advice to water with very pulverized egg shells with water in a blender so I saved some up but I'm not sure about this home method-what do you think? Orchid fertilizer is so expensive.

  21. Thanks very much. My mother in-law passed away June.21, 2018 and we were given orchids. All questioned answered about getting new blooms. They’ll definitely be around for years to come

  22. I got my orchid 5 yrs ago. My sister said "should you repot?" I said i dont know:

    "i pretty much ignore it. I give it about a tablespoon of water once a week when i dust; other than that its pretty much ignored. Ive never pruned it or fed it. I just put it in a bright light south facing window and it seems happy. It blooms every year!"

    Her question made me seek out information bcus i know zero about orchids! I can see ive been pretty darn lucky. Its the easiest, repeat bloomer ive ever had! Its got about 20 areials, that look very healthy. Bright leaves and blooms stay beautiful for 6-7 months. Every January through july? Idk, it bloomed in january and its June so maybe ill make it thru August this year. I havent dropped a petal!

    The only thing i guess i should check is the fact its in a glass, heavy duty non-draining pot! Go figure it needs holes! Maybe i should leave "well enough" alone. Ild be heart sick if i kill it 😥

  23. Thank you for your wonderful youtube clips. I am wondering if you can give me an idea how long it would take on average for a flower spike to grow? I left my last flower spike on but it died, so I have just cut it off. But after watching this clip I thought I would ask. Oh another question, I know my phalaenosis orchids need re-potting but I am rather apprehensive for fear of killing them as they have been doing well and most have flower spikes, which I don't want to prevent from doing their thing. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

  24. Hey shirley >< Can you do this with orchids inside a closed bottle like you showed us ? many thanks for that video too! I made one myself. My first plantarium >< http://prnt.sc/nzfdto >< http://prnt.sc/nzfdfs ><

  25. I have a greenhouse and went out of town. Had me neighbor water for me…Well, the orchid was under the ventilation window and was left open. it was severely sunburned. what do I do?? (Besides kill my neighbor?? lol!!)

  26. Thank you for your insights on how to care for orchids; love them but kept losing them, by not having the knowledge on how to care for them!

  27. Good advice, root rot is what kills most orchids, I use orchid pots which have holes/slots in the sides, like a basket.

  28. I keep my house at a constant temperature around 75 so to get the temperature drop should i put them in the garage at night?

  29. Hi Shirley. First time watching. I love your beautiful energy! Thanks for the orchard tips! Very thorough.

  30. I love your video before on how to propagate orchids by stem, now im feeding my orchids with moss and now they are happy, they blooms, and i put them on the window where the heater located and they are happy so thanks to you

  31. '''THANK YOU''' for years,,,, i have been trying to grow them,,, and killed them,,, '''NOW I KNOW;; ''THANKS''''''

  32. '''THANKS'''' for years i been trying to grow them,,, AND KILLED THEM'''' now i know how to take care of them,,,, THANKS''''''

  33. Hi! My orchids seem to be branching off from the stem (very high up) and growing new leaves off of that. It's been that way for months and I keep hoping they were blooms but I'm not so sure. Can I send you a pic and see what you think?

  34. I've had my Orchid since Feb this year, last wwwk it looked like I had about 10-12 new blooms coming out, but then all of the sudden the entire area where those flowers were going to bloom, became dry 😭 yesterday I watched a video, but your video, on his to replant an Orchid. It instructed to leave the roots outside the pot… Yesterday the roots were green and plumped today they are dry and Grey 😭 can I still save my Orchid?

  35. Just a suggestion to your great video, next time, ask other people to leave the room or not to make noise… very distracting to your wonderful information!

  36. My husband keeps it so cold in the house. I don't know what to do to give it a warm day… Unless I put it in the garage during the day and bring it in at night (I'm in Minnesota).

  37. I accidentally cut my orchid at it's third note! Will it be ok? And if not is there anything I can do? Also I have an orchid with two stalks growing out below it's "forth note" Should I trim them too? and where would I trim them? Thanks!!

  38. Thank you! This was very informative and easy to follow. I just received the first orchid I've ever had, and I really want to keep it happy! Our apartment is fairly cool in temperature, but hopefully it will be warm enough right on my computer desk, and there's a window here too. I have other tropical plants and they seem to like it just fine here.

  39. My girlfriend was about to throw away a non blooming orchid. I snatched it from her. Problem is, she cut the entire blooming stock. The leaves have stayed green for months but no new stock is growing. Can I help it along?

  40. Hey Eden. This is Nidhi from India. Do you think we have the ideal temperature for orchids to bloom again. I stay in Bangalore where its not hot or humid. At night it's a bit colder.

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