Growing Orchids

September 23, 2011

growing orchidsI was given a beautiful orchid plant for my birthday and all the flowers have dropped off of it. Is it dead? Can I do anything to make it bloom again? I feel so sad to have lost this gorgeous plant. It is just the stems in the planter. Thank you.


By Joyce


September 26, 20110 found this helpful

It looses it's flowers as do all flowering plants. No, it's not dead, yet lol. My sister has several orchids and says some only bloom every other year. It depends on the flower. Be sure that the lighting on it stays constant.
Good luck.

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October 17, 20131 found this helpful

Let me guess... before they turn black they start off a mushy green that when sprayed or misted leaves a clear mesh look? This is usually caused by over burying the roots. Orchids are an air plant so they prefer to have a few exposed roots in order to breath.

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February 22, 2015

damaged orchidsSomething is destroying my orchids on my deck. They are eating them up. I have placed mothballs today around the pots and in the pots (1 or 2 in each pot). I have a lot of squirrels in the trees in my backyard, but am not sure if they are the culprits. Will the mothballs damage my orchids? Does anyone have any suggestions?

By Flavia


May 18, 20180 found this helpful

Moth are strong so don't ever put them on food garden i use suffer. To get roaches snakes around my house

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January 22, 20220 found this helpful

Was wondering the same thing, squirrels are cutting the blooms off my orchids

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January 5, 2015

I got a moth orchid as a gift about 2 weeks ago and noticed that the roots did not look very healthy, they are pale green and shriveled. I did some research and found this is common in dehydrated plants. I check the soil daily and give it water accordingly. However it does not seem to be helping as the blooms have now started to fall. Is there anyway to save this plant?

By Vanessa


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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

These sites have have some valuable info:

We had one for almost 11 years after my dad passed (it was gifted at his funeral). Once we found the right sun, it got watered weekly, and it lived for a very long time. Sadly it became un-saveable...when we tried to re-pot it. I still feel bad and should have left well enough alone as it was lovely.


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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

You need to water it more.

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September 3, 2012

How do I keep Dendrobium orchids after flowering?

By Milton

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December 29, 2010

I have two small leaves growing from the main stem of my orchid. I have several orchids and have never seen this before and wondered if anyone else has?

By Heather

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August 6, 2008

I have several orchids and most of them are doing great. I have one though that one entire leaf turned almost black and mushy and fell off. Now the same thing is happening to the other leaves along the edge of the leaf - a darkening and softening. Other orchids are fine. What could this be?

Sally from Charleston, WV

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January 24, 2015

This is a page about caring for an orchid. This diverse plant group contains thousands of mostly tropical varieties and that produce beautiful flowers and fragrances.

Woman with Orchids

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April 4, 2019

Different kinds of orchids require different conditions to grow well. These exotic beauties derive their moisture and nutrients from tree life in the tropics.


This page is about tropical orchid care.

Beautiful fuschia colored orchid in pot against white background

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October 23, 2017

Depending on the type of orchid you have the typical temperature range is between 60 - 80 degrees F. This is a page about temperature range for orchids.

Closeup of white orchids on grey background

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February 15, 2017

When the leaves on your orchid begin to turn brown, you need to determine the cause so that you can correct it. This is a page about orchid leaves turning brown.

Orchid Leaves Turning Brown - orchid in pot

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February 25, 2012

This is a page about keeping orchids upright. Sometimes when your orchid blooms it needs help to remain upright.

Keeping orchids upright

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July 14, 2011

This is a page to repotting orchids. Orchids require a lot of care and attention, but the gorgeous blooms are worth the effort. Repotting orchids is a necessary maintenance task to keep those lovely flowers blooming.

Repotting Orchid

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December 29, 2010

I have several orchids in full bloom. When the blooming stops, I would like to know if I am to cut any of the stem away to prepare for the next blooming period?

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November 18, 2010

I have 2 orchids and both have a white powder on them. They do not look healthy. Can someone help me what am I doing wrong?

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