Blooming Purple Orchids
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Once thought to be a finicky and tricky plant to grow at home, many people are discovering that some types of orchids are, in fact, very easy to grow and care for. While they may be easy to grow and care for, many people still wonder how to make an orchid bloom. After all, if an orchid won't flower, then it is missing the element that makes these plants so desirable. If you are asking, "How to make my orchid bloom," keep reading for some tips.

Basic Orchid Care for How to Make an Orchid Bloom

Light for Getting Orchids to Bloom

For most houseplant orchids, the lack of light is the number one reason that the orchid won't flower. Orchids are deceptive when it comes to light because the leaves of the plant can look healthy and green while, in fact, the orchid plant is getting too little light to truly thrive. If you are trying to make an orchid rebloom, the first thing to try is moving the plant to a brighter location. The best place to put an orchid is in a south- or east-facing window. Also, make sure that the leaves are free of dust and dirt. Even a thin layer of dust can block the light. The same goes for the windows. Frequently clean the windows that provide light to your orchids. When you move your orchid to brighter location, you may notice that the leaves become a lighter green. This is normal. Orchids that are getting enough light will have light or medium green leaves. While all orchids need light, most cannot tolerate direct sunlight. Place them near windows so that they can get as much light as possible, but do not place them in the direct line of the sun rays.

Correct Temperature to Make an Orchid Rebloom

Different kinds of orchids have different temperature needs. In order for an orchid to rebloom, it must be in the correct temperature range for its variety. Most houseplant orchids are either Cattleya, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum and Phalaenopsi. Their temperature requirements are: Cattleya - Cattleya orchids need daytime temperatures of 70-85 F. (21-29 C.) during the day and 55-65 F. (13-18 C.) at night in order to rebloom. Oncidium - Oncidium orchids will rebloom if the temperatures during the day are 80-90 F. (27-32 C.) and the nighttime temperatures are 55-60 F. (13-16 C.). Paphiopedilum - In order to flower, paphiopedilum orchids typically need temperatures of 70-80 F. (21-27 C.) during the day and 50-60 F. (10-16 C.) at night. These kinds of orchids that have variegated leaves will prefer that these temperatures be about 5 degrees warmer. Phalaenopsis - Phalaenopsis orchids prefer temperatures of 70-85 F. (21-29 C.) during the day and 60-70 F. (16-21 C.) at night in order to produce flowers.

Additional Tips for Getting an Orchid to Bloom

While light and temperature are crucial to making an orchid rebloom, also essential is making sure that your orchid gets the appropriate general care for its variety. Humidity, water and fertilizer are all important to general orchid care.

Heather Rhoades
Founder of Gardening Know How

Heather Rhoades founded Gardening Know How in 2007. She holds degrees from Cleveland State University and Northern Kentucky University. She is an avid gardener with a passion for community, and is a recipient of the Master Gardeners of Ohio Lifetime Achievement Award.