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Can anyone advise me on my Butterfly Orchid, Do they flower again? the blooms I had on it last year were stunning and I would love to be able to get it to flower again. I have put in a cool bright place and the leaves are still thriving.



  • What species is it, Sheila? There are quite a few with the same common name.

  • Landgirl I'm pretty sure what sheila has is a Phalaenopsis.Sheila it should bloom yearly just keep doing what your doing and don't over water.What you consider bright may be like a dull cloudy day to your orchid,filtered sunlight through a curtain is best.


  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Sheila, sorry to interupt your thread. Can't help at all with Orchidsimage

    Bill let us know how you are going on, I'm on Hello Forkers. image

  • Thankyou to all for the advice you passed on to me regarding my Orchid, i,ll keep you posted on how it goes

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    Sheila, mine stopped flowering after flowering non stop for 2 years, I nearly threw it away as I don't know much about orchids at all and thought I'd killed it!! Instead I moved it and just left it, watered it when I remembered and after about 6 months it had a baby (new shoot) and flowered again. It has now got more new buds and I also have another now which is flowering again. I have now had it 4 years and 4 months (yes I'm counting!!)

    Since then I read up on orchids quite a lot and now I don't water them as we normally would, instead I spray them each week with a water spray and always feed them with orchid food when flowering (which reminds me, I must go and get some tomorrow!). They are both really healthy and I'm really proud of my results image

    Good luck with yours.
  • Tracy, thankyou so much for the information, I checked my Orchid  again today and it is a very healthy looking plant, I,m going to take your advice on the watering and buy some Orchid food (hopefully in anticipation of it flowering) . I will keep you posted on the progress,  Regards Sheila.image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    That's ok Sheila, to be honest there isn't much I can advise on being a 'newbie' to gardening so glad I could help. Good luck image

    Love orchids. They don't like to be 'standing' in water and also be careful not to get water in the middle of the leaves. I also wipe the leaves over with a damp cloth now and again. Once the flowers have died, you can cut that stem back to the second or third nobbly bit on the straight part of the stem and you get new shoots off that. Hope that makes sense sorry image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    I forgot about cutting the stem down, thanks Lily. Basically the bit that looks 'dead', just cut it off and then it's has babies image
  • KT53KT53 South WestPosts: 6,829

     Last year we just cut back the old flower stems and stood the plants under cover outside.  Gave them a good soaking from a spray head on the hose and otherwise ignored them.  They are full flower again.  I love plants that thrive on neglect image

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