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The Phaleanopsis Orchid is now spent and all blossoms are gone. What do I do now so I can have new grown next season? Do I have to water now that it's dormant? How soon will new growth happen?
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Hi Kate,

Phalaenopsis orchids are the easiest type of orchid to re-bloom. You can cut the stalk back to the base of the plant, or cut it back to right above a node. Nodes are the small bands along the stem. Cutting the stem back to a node will initiate branching and allow your orchid to produce more blooms from that part of the plant. This will get you flowers sooner, but doesn’t look as clean as cutting the stem back to the base. When cutting back to a node, you will start to see flowers in about 12 weeks. When cutting the plant back to the base, the orchid will go dormant and it may take up to 6 months before it blooms again.
Keeping your orchid in cool temperatures at night (55-60 degrees F) will also help initiate more flower buds. You should continue to water your orchid and fertilize once a month with a well balanced fertilizer. I hope this information will help you rebloom your orchid and please let me know if you have any other questions!
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I cut the spike off of one of my orchids about 2 months ago. Roughly 3 weeks later it started to put out a new leaf and now the leaf is about half the size of the previous. Because the orchid is not putting energy into blooms, now is a good time to mist the underside of the leaves, daily. This will promote root growth. I use super thrive (which is a sort of vitamin supplement for plants )in the water i use to mist the plants. This promotes abundant root growth. In about 3 weeks Time you will have plenty of roots. Roots are essential to the plant for water and healthy and plentiful roots mean big, long lasting blooms. If you'd like, I could upload a picture of the plant putting out a new leaf.
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