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Question: what happens to my phalaenopsis?
I state that I have no gardening experience. I have an orchid that was given to me in October and was in full bloom. after about a month it is completely faded and the stems are dried, despite the fact that I vaporized the leaves and immersed the vase in water. I don't know if and how to cut the dried stems, and I wonder if and when it will bloom again ... Besides, I have noticed for some weeks that the leaves have dark spots ... what should I do? cut them, or cure them, but how? Thank you in advance.
Speckled Phalaenopsis: Answer: phalaenopsis
the phalaenopsis are orchids widespread in cultivation as houseplants, as the cultivation is quite simple, and in any case these plants "forgive" enough those who are not excessively skilled in plant care, developing, and flowering, even when they are not grown in optimal conditions. From what you say, your phalaenopsis are cured in the best way, even if you have probably placed them in an area of the house where they do not receive enough air exchange, or you are watering them excessively; in fact the presence of dark spots on the foliage is often an indication of excessive humidity in the ground or on the leaves themselves; It is true that phalaenopsis love a good environmental humidity, but it is not necessary to vaporize them every day, just do it sporadically, and even watering is done only when the compound in which they are grown is dry, or at least dry enough, avoiding leaving the saucer. filled with water. Watering intensifies particularly when the climate is hot or very dry, and thins out during the winter months, when it is sufficient to supply a little water sporadically, vaporizing the leaves once a week. Phalaenopsis always produce buds on a long floral stem; often, if after all the flowers have withered the stem that carried them remains fresh and fleshy, the new buds are produced on the same stem, from further lateral branches.
For this reason, whenever we talk about phalaenopsis, we always invite you not to cut the stem that carries the withered flowers. Clear that, if this stem is dried (for various reasons), it is good to remove it, cutting it as low as possible, in order to stimulate the development of a new stem. Your plant will bloom only when a new stem has been produced. These orchids can flower several times during the year, but they often bloom only once in spring, and sometimes a second time in autumn.