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Anyone know about indoor orchids?

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Suddengeekgirl Wed 06-Nov-13 14:01:09

We were given one ages ago and I forgot to water it. Repeatedly! blush

The leaves are now healthy looking - they perked up really quickly once I watered it. smile

But the stalk the flowers grow from appears to be dead. sad

Am I left with a flower-less orchid or will the stalk grow back? confused

ChanelTunel Wed 06-Nov-13 14:07:31

It'll grow back,as the leaves appear healthy. I let them dry out for 2 weeks,then saturate. Make sure it's out of direct sunlight.

bonzo77 Wed 06-Nov-13 14:08:45

cut the stalk off as low as you can without damaging any leaves or aerial roots. put on a sunny window cill and administer 1 egg cup of water once a week. After a few months a new stalk will grow and flower. Mine is 18 months old, the initial flowers came off, it had re-flowered once, and is about to do so again.

Talkinpeace Tue 12-Nov-13 20:16:44

it depends on which orchid - there are thousands ....

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Thu 14-Nov-13 22:51:54

If it is a phalaenopsis (one of the most common), it seems to be all about finding the right place for them - nice bright daylight but not burning direct sun. Cut off the stalk just above the lowest little sticky-out node bit, and just wait a while, if it doesn't flower for a long time, try a different place for a while.

Mine used to have several months off between flowerings, but I now seem to have found the "magic" spot (lounge windowsill...) and they barely stop at all - every time I think they have finished, I find another new bit of stem has already sprouted from the old one somewhere and has buds on already! They don't get much TLC at all, so I can't claim any credit for it!

Aethelfleda Wed 20-Nov-13 20:51:42

Look gently into the bit where the leaves meet and you may well see a new shoot in there.

Water sparingly every 1-2 weeks only, and my friend said to get some pink baby bio and whack a few drops into the water only when it's not in flower (otherwise plain water).

Mine appear to have not died, so this strategy does work!

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