Flowers & Fancies

Flowers & Fancies

Posted by Heather Evans on August 25, 2018 | Last Updated: April 19, 2022 Plants

Your Orchid Questions Answered

Have you ever wondered why your orchid plant started growing like this? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about orchid care and answers that will help you keep them thriving!
Q: What kind of orchid plant do I have?
A: If your orchid plant came from Flowers & Fancies, we exclusively carry the Phalaenopsis Orchid species. There are other varieties including, but not limited to: Dendrobium, Cattelya, Cymbidium, Epidendrum, Oncidium, Miltonia and Vanda.
Q: My orchid leaves are wrinkled, why?
A: You most likely have a humidity problem. The air around the plant is not humid enough, or there is not enough water getting to the plant. Your plant can still recover, so don’t worry!
Q: How do I get my orchid buds to bloom faster?
A: This is an easy one.. lots of light and get your plant into a room at least 82 degrees!
Q: When does my orchid need water?
A: This answer can vary based on the living conditions. Over watering is probably the major cause of orchid death with new growers SO BE CAREFUL! The best thing is to develop a method of knowing WHEN to water. Get on a schedule and stick to it! Your orchid doesn’t need water unless it is dry. At first, try watering at the earliest once a week.
Q: My buds and blooms are gone. Should I trim the stem to wait for regrowth?
A: Once the flowers are spent cut the spike off at the base so that the plant can use resources into growing new leaves and produce a better flowering next time. This process to get new blooms may take a year so be patient!
Q: I’ve been told to water my orchid with ice. Is this true?
A: Yes, you can water your plant by adding an ice cube. We do suggest you let the ice cube melt to room temperature before adding directly to the plant so the orchid roots are not in shock from the cold. The main reason for the ice cube is for the amount of water that should be applied. As we said before, most orchids die because of over watering.
We sure hope this helped. If you have a specific question or need additional information on something you’ve just read please comment below or even better come visit!