Wilting Orchid Flowers: here’s what to do

The orchid, also known by the term Phalaenopsis, is among all flowers the one that occupies a place of honour among the most beautiful flowers in nature, thanks to its simplicity it gives elegance and sophistication to any environment.

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Besides being an enchantingly beautiful flower, the orchid is very delicate, which is why it requires care to keep it thriving for as long as possible.

Here are some tips to follow to take care of the orchid when its flowers have wilted.

How look after the orchid with wilted flowers.

When the orchid starts to look dull and wilted, you need to intervene and care for this part of it by cutting off the flowering stem, that is, the natural stem that holds the flower. You can choose whether to cut it off from the base of the stem, in this way the plant is given a chance to sprout a new one after a year, or alternatively you can decide to shorten the stem a little, removing the withered part.

In the second case the timing of a new flowering is markedly different, in fact the orchid plant in a few weeks will already present a new bud.

In some cases, it may happen that instead of a new bloom a bud with its own roots and foliage arises that is detached from the original plant, in which case it can be planted in a different pot and grow a new orchid seedling.

Orchid care tips:

The orchid flower has a very delicate structure, and its integrity can be affected by both the seasons and temperature, the latter factors can in fact accelerate the process of fading.

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In hot weather, due to excessively high temperatures, fading orchids require more water; therefore, it is useful to water the plant more frequently and abundantly. A very important shrewdness for the new flowering of Phalaenopsis that must be carried out by spraying with a spray both the leaves and the roots of aerial type, that is, the root that absorbs the water present in the ‘humidity of the atmosphere.

As for the winter periods, on the other hand, it is necessary to water it every three to four days, because an excessive amount of water can cause the roots to become infrared.

The process of fertilizing the orchid plant should be carried out about once a month, diluting the product in water at room temperature, according to the relative doses that are indicated in the appropriate package of the product that was purchased.

Orchid plants that are blooming need to be kept in a humid environment, with a minimum room temperature above 59 °F and a maximum temperature above 93 °F. While during summer periods, it is best to keep it outside in the terrace, garden or balcony, choosing a shady place where it will not be reached by the sun’s hot rays, which can damage it or even burn its leaves.

An additional tip for caring for the wilting orchid is to soak the dry substrate in a pot at least once a week for at least thirty minutes in room temperature water. This allows the fragments of its bark to moisten, flushing out all the excess water present.

During the blooming period, the orchid requires more fertilizer, dosed in smaller amounts than during the flowering period or the period preceding it; the correct amount of fertilizer prevents the orchid from presenting a very early bloom.

In addition, it is important to remember that orchid flowers should be placed in clear glass pots; this allows the roots to fortify and grow healthy and vigorous and is useful for keeping their appearance under control, intervening as soon as the soil begins to dry out.

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