Dry phalaenopsis

Dry phalaenopsis

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Question: How do I make phalaenopsis bloom?

I have two phalaenopsis which are dry except the roots which are a little green can I make them bloom ???

Dried phalaenopsis: Answer: growing phalaenopsis

Dear Nik,

phalaenopsis are the best-selling orchids in the nursery, above all because they are quite adaptable and therefore can give excellent results even to the inexperienced grower, and in any case do not need such different cultivation conditions compared to the climate present at home; in addition to this, in the nursery we find mainly hybrid phalaenopsis, selected to increase these characteristics of adaptability also present in some botanical species. When a phalaenopsis completely loses its foliage, without producing anything else, its survival is definitely unlikely, as these plants do not have rhizomatous roots, or pseudobulbs, which can guarantee additional nutrients to those produced with photosynthesis and absorbed by the soil. A little hope is given by the roots still green, and therefore still viable, but in all probability the foliage loss was caused by incorrect growing conditions, and therefore if you do not act by modifying the way you are watering your phalaenopsis in some way , or the amount of light they receive, the chances of survival are even lower. These plants are very robust and adaptable, despite their delicate appearance; they produce large elliptical leaves, and fleshy roots, which live outside the soil, or in very porous and soft substrates, where they are able to receive sunlight (for this reason the pots of the nursery phalaenopsis are typically transparent). They originate from Asia, although the varieties present in the nursery are hybrid; they love a fairly humid climate, but do not need regular watering, especially during the winter months, when the daily hours of light are few; usually they are watered, from October to March, only sporadically, taking care not to leave the substrate damp for a long time, or soaked in water. In the remaining months they are watered more regularly, especially if they are placed on the terrace, but always waiting for the substrate to dry. These orchids are often watered by immersion, or by immersing the vase in water, leaving it there for about half an hour; then let it drain well and put it back in its place. During the winter months, with the heating system running, and during the hot and sultry months, it is important to periodically vaporize the leaves to increase the ambient humidity. Specific fertilizers are provided only in the vegetative period, and avoiding that the roots remain immersed in the solution with the fertilizer (also here, we water by immersion and then let it drain). They prefer fairly bright locations, but without direct sunlight, which causes burns on the leaves. Now that you only have the roots, you can try to grow your phalaenopsis in the best possible way, hoping it will start sprouting again; after you get the leaves, if the plant is well grown, it should also start preparing the stem for the flowers, but it will take months to produce the new flowers and will only do so under good growing conditions. So too much water or extreme drought (especially air), very little light or direct sunlight, will prevent your plant from starting to flower again.

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