Last October I made some tissue paper flowers and attached them to my bloomless orchid. I have a reputation with plants that includes the words ‘black’ and ‘thumb.’ I had convinced myself that my orchid was a goner but kept watering it to keep the stem looking green. I’d read somewhere about orchid food or fertilizer or something like that but decided I would likely kill it anyway so why not save myself that hassle and money. Over the winter I continued to water the roots although the time between waterings got longer and longer. It wasn’t unusual for it to go 2+ weeks without a single drop of water. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered this just a few days ago…
See that new budding sprout off to the right of the main stem? That little orchid is a fighter. A survivor, I tell ya. But then I got to reading about orchids and it appears they go through a necessary resting phase every year usually during colder months. Eventually, when they’re ready, spikes will form off the main stem leading to buds and flowers weeks – or even months – later. So it appears my orchid is having a little resurrection of its own…just in time for Easter. Now I feel obligated to keep this baby alive. Since it is Earth Day tomorrow and all.
Anyone know how to properly grow and care for orchids? Do I repot, fertilize, water more, water less? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! My orchid thanks you in advance.
images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking