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Orchids in a row, 1 blooming, 1 growing (new leaves), 1 distressed

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    Default Orchids in a row, 1 blooming, 1 growing (new leaves), 1 distressed

    I have a couple of orchids in a row and they all get the same amount of light and water.

    There is this 1 orchid that has been producing leaves but no bloom for 2 years. I cut the stem back 2 years ago, when it didn't produce any more flowers. How can I get it to grow?
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    The other orchid next to is blooming and on the stem, a round leaf started to grow about 1 year ago and then stopped. It is blooming regularly but the leaf on the stem hasn't grown. Is this bad, should I do anything about it?

    The third is a different variety. It hasn't changed. It started to go a little brown in the winter and then with a little less watering and more light, it stopped turning brown. It hasn't changed. How can I get this growing/blooming?
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    Honestly they look a little too green..meaning maybe not enough light. Sort of hard to tell in the photos posted.

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    Welcome to OT. Without more details it is very difficult to diagnose. First off I would say not enough light. BTW your first plant is a Phalaenopsis and the second looks like an Oncidium.

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    In general, the thin leaf variety are light green and the phal are all dark green. They get the morning sun. They are on a ledge close to/facing the window (not on the window ledge). I have attached some more pictures, taken during the day, of all 4 of my orchids.

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    I don't really know what other inofrmation you would need to diagnose.

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    Yes, increase the light for these orchids. Don't just stick them into the bright light all at once, but move them closer or supplement light at a brighter level. Nine times out of ten when an orchid is mature enough to bloom and isn't - well, it is due to inadequate light.

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    Increase light but gradually it's ok to get a few hours of morning or late afternoon sun all my orchids get direct sun of at least four hours each day but they have been accustomed to it. Also are you fertilising ongoing basics ? Your Phals look healthy they just need the right balance or light , food , water and humidity to be happy to bloom

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    I moved them to the window ledge last year and they hated it... 2 healthy phals quickly became sick and subsequently died. I then moved the rest to the current ledge, which is where they recovered and have settled in. One orchid, the Oncidium, hasn't really recovered. The leaves still have brown on them, no new leaves. See picture from previous post.

    1. So I am worried about moving them back to the window, especially the Oncidium. I'll try moving it during the day and back at night.... are they ok being moved regularly?

    2. Can different orchids, of the same variety, have different light requirememnts? The reason I ask is of the 2 phals only 1 is not flowering, the other (one with the round leaves in the picture) is thriving (18 buds developing).


    Also, I have never really fed them, only watered them and misted the leaves.... last year one of the phals (one with the round leaves in the picture) had a lot of buds but only a few open, the rest just fell off. Could this be becase of lack of food? I though it was water but watering/misting it more didn't help...

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