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The Orchid Forum became so popular that we had to move it to a new page in the blog section of the site. Thanks for all of your great questions and answers; they will be kept here for reference, so feel free to look through the information. If you do not find an answer to your question, please visit the new Question & Answers page on the About Orchids Blog and ask it there. Thanks!

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By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jun 12, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Diane: If you haven't repotted your Phal in the past 3 years, it sounds like it's time. The potting material has broken down and is no longer allowing air flow. Repot ASAP.

To Rae: I recommend you cut off all the old flower stems, green or brown, so the plant can direct energy to new growth. Use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution.

To Shirley: Orchids bloom on their own schedules. Since it sounds like you repotted at the right time, when you have new leaves growing, you may have flowers again in a few months, or it may take as long as a year.

By: Diane | Date: Jun 12, 2010 |
My orchid is phalaenopsis and has been in the same window for 3 years, constantly flower and has always seemed to be extremely happy. On leave has turned completely yellow and shriveled. How do I know if I over or underwated. I usually water once per week. I should water today butI stuck my finger in the pot and it feels damp underneath? Suggestions

By: Diane | Date: Jun 12, 2010 |
What is wrong if the leaves of my very healthy orchid are tuning yellow?

By: Rae | Date: Jun 12, 2010 |
My nephew gave me an orchid for mother's day, although I don't know what type it is. The flowers are just now beginning to wilt, but I noticed that the stems are pretty and green. The only exception is a few stems off the main stem that are turning brown. Can anyone tell me if I am supposed to cut those brown stems off? Thanks much!

By: Shirley | Date: Jun 11, 2010 |
Hi there, I received an orchid as a gift lst year and the flowers lasted a long time. I asked a florist at the local market what to do.She told me to let the stems dry out and break them off, water more often as new growth starts. They never did die off. I did however get new leaf growth. so tonight I repotted the new growth and old. So my question is when can I expect new flowers to grow?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jun 11, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Sally: Make sure the pot is not sitting in water. Let the Phal dry completely (at least a week) and maintain good humidity. Carefully resume normal watering.

To Sherry: When your orchid finishes blooming, it's an ideal time to check if it needs repotting. Continue to water and fertilize. Do not move it to a darker area; instead, if the leaves are dark green, slowly move it to a brighter area.

To Dianne: You don't say what kind of orchid you have or describe your care conditions, but your plant sounds unhappy. Common causes for problems include over or under-watering, insufficient light, low humidity, pests, or incorrect temps.

By: Sally | Date: Jun 11, 2010 |
I overwatered my Phalaenopsis orchid and on one of the stems the roots are dying. What can I do to save them or at least one of them?

By: Sherry | Date: Jun 11, 2010 |
Oh and one more thing, do I continue to water the plants as I did before (when they were in bloom)
I guess two things! Do I fertilize now or when they rebloom?

By: Sherry | Date: Jun 11, 2010 |
My orchids have finished bllooming and the flowers have fallen off. I am going to trim the stems but what then? Do I leave the plants where they always have been? or do I move them to a darker area?

By: DIanne Lawrence | Date: Jun 10, 2010 |
My orchid has been beutiful -bloomed for several months . Blooms left and stems turned bown.
I cut the stems. The leaves began to wilt and get wrinkly. Blooms have come back fully, much smallher but the leaves continue to die, one bgan to turn yellow and I cut it off. Another stared to turn brown and I cut it off. Can you help?
Thank you

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