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My Potted Orchids Don't Bloom

This is a discussion on My Potted Orchids Don't Bloom within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; These are 2 images of each of 2 orchid plants I have....

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    Default My Potted Orchids Don't Bloom

    These are 2 images of each of 2 orchid plants I have.
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    Hi, Steffani! I missed your post last week, and just stumbled across it. The dendrobium has fantastic roots coming out, it looks like. I just got my first dendrobium, so I can't offer any advice, but I'm hoping someone else can help out.

    Should the cane be laid down across some medium? How is the best way to deal with those lovely roots and new growth at that place on the plant?

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    I decided to bring them both inside since it is scorching hot out now in Miami. I am also watering more thoroughly. Let's see what happens

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    Usually the number one cause for orchids not blooming (that are mature enough to bloom) is lack of sufficient light. If you increase the light levels for your orchids, you should be able to bloom them. Follow the light recommendations on the RVO Orchid Care pages. Just click on the orchid type and you will see grower care information.

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    Thanks, I moved all my orchid plants (none blooming, but full of foliage) out onto a sunny table on the terrace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steffani View Post
    Thanks, I moved all my orchid plants (none blooming, but full of foliage) out onto a sunny table on the terrace.
    Not direct light I hope? Direct sunlight can burn an orchid pretty quickly.

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    I face north but get about 1 hour of oblique sun on them. Is that OK?

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    Steffani here in Miami they do fine with morning sun until about 1 pm or so. The phalaenopsis likes it more shaded. The cattleya and dendrobium can take full sun given that they get acclimated to it over time. If you take them from inside the house to the terrace in full sun you'll very likely end up with burnt leaves like Bruce said.

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    Thanks, Roly. I get sunset sun for them. Let's see after a day or two. I will just keep experimenting. I don't have a green thumb but I am mad about orchids.

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    Hi. I just joined but saw your post and thought I might give a suggestion. Currently I'm having great success with a Vanda that's kept indoors. It's at my workplace and under office lights, and it is blooming very nicely. I also have a mini-rose plant blooming too under the same conditions. What I've been doing is giving them food every month (in the case of the Vanda once every week). I give them a weak solution of soluable food. I think it's been helping since plants tend to use a lot of energy to produce a bloom. I've also switched to using distilled water since it contains no trace minerals that can build up. Good luck with your orchid!

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