Orchids, like most blooming plants, bloom in seasons. The best way to ensure that your orchid will bloom again after its first blossoms fall off is by taking proper care of the plant during its dormant non-blooming season. By taking the proper measures at the end of one blooming cycle, you can set the stage for the next set of showy blossoms and ensure that your orchid blooms again and again every year.
Each orchid species has a natural blooming season. In most orchids, including the highly popular Phalaenopsis orchid, the growth period during which new leaves emerge begins during the summer months. By autumn, spikes and flower buds begin to appear, and the plant will normally bloom around late autumn, with the blooming period typically ending around the end of winter or early weeks of spring. Although many commercial growers force plants to bloom out of season so they can sell flowering orchids all year round, once your orchid is living at home, you cannot expect it to bloom all year round, as it will naturally revert back to its natural blooming cycle. Most species bloom once a year, with blooms lasting up to several months. Once the flowers begin to drop off, a few more blossoms might appear on the same spike, but this does not always happen. The period of dormancy or non-blooming in most orchids typically lasts about 6 to 9 months, and if your orchid is properly cared for with all of its essential needs met, it will naturally bloom again on its own.
To make sure that your orchid is happy and healthy enough to re-bloom each year, take the following steps to ensure optimal blooming conditions: