How Often Do Orchids Bloom? Cycle + How to Make Them Bloom Again

Orchids are exotic beauties that encompass the dominant family of flowering plants on earth. Although the entire plant is amazing, the flowers are what many people love the most because of how spectacular they look.

Orchid flowers also have economic value as they are sold all over the world to be used for different purposes. The point is orchid flowers are really important. That is why when blooming (the process that leads to the production of flowers) does not occur, many gardeners end up frustrated. Now, this is where we come in. Here is a complete guide on the world of orchids, specifically blooming.

When do Orchids Bloom?

Most orchids bloom naturally when the weather starts to be calmer during winter or spring.  The blooming happens because their best growing time is summer. For instance, Phalaenopsis blooms in late winter and throughout the spring.

Do Orchids Bloom more than once?

Yes, it is true that some orchids bloom more than once. Though, most of them bloom once every year. In most cases, the orchids which bloom twice or more yearly do so if provided with appropriate conditions to trigger flowering. Some of these conditions are listed below:

  • Enough amount of light – most orchid species require 12 to 14 hours of light to perform well. Such varieties include cattleya and Dendrobium orchids. Artificial provision of this vital requirement to your orchids activates them to bloom more than once a year.
  • Cooler temperatures – Introducing orchids to a temperature colder than daytime by ten degrees triggers the blooming process. It can also greatly contribute to more than once flowering of the orchid plants.

Also, if one purchases an orchid which is in bloom at the time of buying and maintains the ecological needs properly, more than once, blooming is guaranteed.

How often do Orchids Bloom?

Most orchid varieties bloom once to twice in a year. Having a significant number of orchids being perennials, they stay vegetative for many years as others shed theirs annually. After falling off of flowers, the plant remains in a dormant stage until next re-bloom. Dormancy is the stage where the plants rest for some time as they regain the energy that was used during the last blooming.

Re-blooming of orchid plants takes place in a period of six to nine months.

How do you get orchids to bloom again?

As stated above, orchids stop to bloom when they enter the dormancy stage. In this stage, one might think that their orchid plants are dead and will not bloom again, but that is not the case. While they can replace the nutrients on their way for blooming, it is crucial to take necessary steps to help the plants thrive again. Highlighted below is a list of what one can do to their orchids so that they can bloom again.

  • Add a moderate amount of fertilizer that contains equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This is usually done to accelerate the re-blooming process. This is because when given such fertilizers, they absorb and synthesize the nutrients faster than when they are doing it naturally.
  • Transfer the orchid plants to a colder area with an approximate temperature of 55 to 65 degrees. Also, one should ensure that the area has indirect sunlight until the first flower spike arises.
  • If these conditions are maintained, the orchids will continue to develop more spikes.    When the spikes are about four to six, one should anchor them by holding them with a loose tie and a stake.

Once your orchid blooms again, your work does not stop there. You are supposed to water it properly after every one or two weeks.

Apart from watering it, you are also supposed to care for the plants as you normally would so that it remains healthy and thrives. If you do all of this, the plant’s bloom should last between 30 -45 days. If you are lucky, the plant may even bloom twice a year.

If, after providing the above conditions, the orchids do not bloom again, move them to a different location, which is more favorable.

How long do orchid flowers last?

Depending on the species of orchid, some orchid flowers bloom for seven days up to four months. Some orchids have long-lasting blooms. Such include moth orchid. Others, such as phalaenopsis orchid (a common type of orchids), bloom for 60 to 120 days. Another factor determining the flowering time is how well the plant is taken care of hence its condition.  

What do you do with an orchid after the blooms fall off?

After the orchids blooms fall off, continue watering. This is done if the orchid plant stems are still green. If the orchid stem is dying, one should cut the stem a few inches above the plant and proceed with the watering too.  After some time, they shall produce a set of flower buds and bloom again. Also, add some appropriate nutrients to fasten the blooming process. Providing plants with the necessary environmental conditions is also very important at this stage.

Since orchids are stunning and have several benefits such as medicinal and improving virility, they deserve a noble task of being keenly taken care of. Understanding the life cycle of the orchids is a fundamental advantage of ensuring that they produce enormous and quality flowers. Such produce is guaranteed if the above information about the orchids’ blooming cycle is well used during their propagation.