Orchid Plant Resting Period
Author: Celeste Booth4 Comments
Is My Orchid Dying?
Like all living things, orchids have life cycles. After producing beautiful blooms, they must go through a period of rest to replenish their energy and get ready for the next growth and blooming cycle. You can expect that as your orchid begins do drop its flowers after weeks-months of blooming, that it is now heading into this resting period. During this period, you might become concerned for your orchid’s health, simply because it’s not looking as strong and cheerful as it was when blooming. The leaves may droop more, the flower stem will begin to brown and die back. Fear not, as this is all completely normal and part of the plant’s yearly growth cycle. If your orchid looks otherwise healthy (no pests, yellowing of the youngest leaves, etc.) then your orchid is, in fact, healthy. After a few months your orchid will begin growing again and will send up new flower spikes and those droopy leaves will perk back up.
How do I Care for my Orchid During its Resting Period?
When your orchid’s growth has slowed down and it has finished blooming, you can adjust the care you give it accordingly. The main thing to remember is to cut back on your fertilizing and watering. You should still maintain a regular rhythm (for example, fertilize once a month, and water once a week in smaller volume) so that you don’t lose track or neglect your orchid. Just because it has become somewhat dormant, it does not mean it no longer needs attention. Once the orchid begins new growth, you can return to your more frequent watering and fertilizing schedule.
Please note orchids do not all have the same length resting periods or blooming cycles. It is important to pay attention to how your plant is behaving and keep in mind that sudden bud loss, black spots, and other unusual signs might mean your orchid is diseased or in distress.
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