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This is a discussion on phalaenopsis within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Mine are healthy and thriving: lots of fat green leaves, but no blooms! Why not? ...

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    Question phalaenopsis

    Mine are healthy and thriving: lots of fat green leaves, but no blooms! Why not? Help!

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    Don't know exactly the care you've given them but for me, most of my phals are pretty much spent and new roots and leaves are on the move. I'm no phal maven, but unless you have a summer bloomer or are forcing blooms for retail sales, most phals are in their growing stage for next year's flower show. Some even believe you should be using a higher Nitrogen based fertilzer for leaf growth now and in late July/early August switch over. In the fall I understand an increased day/night temperature difference (15 to 20 deg) will help spike phals and other orchids like cymbidiums. Worked for me this year....

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    Phalaenopsis are usually easy bloomers, but occasionnally there is something wrong that translates into no blooms. First, there's sunlight....while they do not need alot, if the leaves are really dark green it may be a lack of sunlight. Second, there is food. If you are already on a regular feeding schedule, try a new brand of bloom booster formula. Or if you have been using a 'bloom booster' formula try one with a higher first number because being in bark leaches nitrogen out of your potting mix. A nitrogen high food once every three weeks instead of your regular formula may help. And Third, there is the change in temperature thing. Some Phals MUST have a 15-20 degree drop, often to around 55 F. at night, for a couple weeks. Many nurseries have "cold lockers" where they send their plants for a few weeks of cold nights to "force" blooming. In your house there is no change in temps to induce blooming. Some people put them in their basements next to a casement window to get the natural rhythm of day and night combined with higher humidity and lower night temps.
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    Hey there. Ditto to the above. Right now is really the plant growth time of year for most phals. THere are exceptions, but they are busy putting out new leaves and roots. Spikes for most (not all) will start this fall. Ditto as well on the temp drop thing--it really works. I'd try it this fall though--you are likely to have better success when it is their natural thing to do. In the meantime, you either have an excuse to go shopping for something that blooms in the summer or you can get a digital flower fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadie View Post
    ...PS -- just for your internet peace of mind, you might want a user name that isn't your email address.
    First: I can help with that if you want. Just send me a PM.

    About your Phalaenopsis Orchid: Check out the article I wrote for our OrchidTalk Article Library - Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid)

    Cheers,
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