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Which orchids bloom throughout the year?

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    Default Which orchids bloom throughout the year?

    I guess the title says it all, I'm looking for a couple of orchids that don't have a specific flowering time and that don't need a rest period.

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    Sorry, Riaan, but that's a bit of a nebulous question.

    Pretty much all plants have a "rest period" between blooming. Blooming consumes a lot of energy, so there is a time period to recoup that. Granted, it varies all over the map among plants - some continue to build resources during inflorescence growth and blooming, while others tend to pause during that stage - but you also have to understand that your culture plays a big role in that, too.

    A well-grown, mature phalaenopsis can stay in bloom for months and months - the best I ever had was typically nine months on, three off. Given lesser quality care, the bloom period will be shorter, and recovery longer.

    Even in the case of many sympodial plants that only bloom once, the frequency of blooming - in reality, rate of maturation of the plant - can again, be very much influenced by the culture. When I started growing paphs on a windowsill, for example, getting a bloom in a year was pretty standard. When I moved into a greenhouse, on average, that dropped to 9-10 months, and by continual "tweaking" of light levels, feeding and watering, repotting schedules, etc., I'm pushing that down.

    So let me be a real "enabler" and suggest that you get a whole bunch of plants, so that their flowering becomes a continual succession!

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    That's my idea also - if I run out of orchid blooms, I just buy another one in bloom to keep me happy while I coax the others into bloom again! I have somewhere between 30 and 40 of them, not being nearly as wild as some others on this forum. It's pretty much what I have room and energy to care for, maybe a few too many. I found the first ones I bought took a couple of years to come back into bloom - many of my box store rescues take 2 or 3 years to recover to the point where they want to bloom again. My culture isn't as intensive as Ray's, no green house here! Some of the ones I get that are new varieties for me take ME a couple of years to learn how to care for them before they want to bloom again. I was happily surprised when my first Paph rebloomed a year after I got it, I wasn't sure I could keep it happy enough. Now I have 2 of them...

    To a large extent you will probably want to experiment a bit, see what works for you and what just isn't happy, find out what culture works in your situation too. Ask questions about the individual plants or if a genus/species would be suitable for your conditions. Good luck, have fun and enjoy the bug! Tell your wife that you hope to provide her with living flowers that bloom for months and she should be at least somewhat happy!

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    Plastic, clay or silk would be your best bet.

    Seriously, as Ray mentioned, pretty much all plants have rest periods unless you are looking at annuals which orchids aren't. That said, there are some members of the Pleurothallid Alliance that -- on a "large" plant -- may be in bloom most of the year but that is not a huge flush of flowers ... more like a few here, later a few there ...

    Having multiple plants is actually more sensible. Depending upon one's tastes and plants chosen, you could windup with flowers year round.

    By the way, something I do find to be a ... disadvantage ... to those orchids that keep their flowers for months on end -- I find that, in my case at least, after a while I cease to notice the flowers. Not unlike an old painting on a wall or a piece of furniture, after a time they simply become part of the background as opposed to something one regularly stops to admire. Plants in bud, on the other hand, tend to stimulate a feeling of anticipation and ones recently in bloom are what garner one's attention.

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    i have 2 orchids that grows all year round, growing new stem right away after bloom finished, but not blooming all year round. they are dendrobium burana jade and dendrobium burana fancy ( cross between burana jade and something else i don't remember).. i don't know what other orchids are like this. i read that there are some certain warm climate orchids that don't have resting period, if grown in the tropical climate. wish to find the names too, but none provide the names so far,.. but i'm also not looking that seriously yet,..

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    hard caned/some australian dendrobiums...most vandaceous hybrids especially arandas..phals

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    Thanks for the advice......I'll have to get some more plants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Kjeldz View Post
    hard caned/some australian dendrobiums...most vandaceous hybrids especially arandas..phals
    yea,.. the hard caned hybrids, the ones they grow for cutted flowers,... but it said if grown in 4 climate places they go rest too (don't know this for sure)..
    btw do you know the names of the australian dendrobium species?

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    My Cirrhopetalum flabellum-veneris blooms for me most of the year. They easily grow to be large plants. Mine gives me a spike here and there almost all year long with a really great ongoing display throughout the warmer months. Honestly, Ive never had a better grower or a plant that flowered so profusely. Mine seems to tolerate any kind of abuse/neglect in stride. Cirrhopetalum Daisy Chain is a great hybrid that would likely grow and flower the same...I don't have that one of those, so can't say for sure.
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