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Why is my orchid dying? Five signs and how you can save the plant

2024-02-26T18:33:32.080Z

Highlights: Why is my orchid dying? Five signs and how you can save the plant. With the right care, orchids will also bloom in the living room. However, the flowers need a short break between blooming. So it may take a while until the orchid blooms again. If your orchid is not blooming, it's usually due to the wrong growing conditions. Depending on the type of orchid, the plant follows a specific growth cycle and rest periods. When purchasing an orchid for your home, find out what is good for your plant.



As of: February 26, 2024, 7:23 p.m

By: Laura Knops

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If orchids become ailing, they often no longer produce flowers.

However, with the right tips you can help the exotic houseplants.

In their tropical homeland, orchids grow in the wild.

In order for the exotic plants to feel comfortable on the windowsill in this country, they need good care.

Even if orchids are considered easy to care for, it can happen that they suddenly drop their flowers or even buds.

Care errors can be to blame for this.

How you can tell whether your plant is still alive or is already showing signs of dying.

Orchid care: The right location for orchids

With the right care, orchids will also bloom in the living room.

However, the flowers need a short break between blooming.

So it may take a while until the orchid blooms again.

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If orchids drop their flowers, there is no reason to worry.

Once the last flowers have withered, the plant usually needs a longer rest period to recover and gather new strength.

In some cases this can take a few weeks or even months.

If the orchid does not bloom for a long period of time, this could also be due to other factors.

Like other houseplants, orchids are also susceptible to pests and diseases.

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Incorrect care or an unsuitable location can also harm the exotic species, as the experts from

Stiftung Warentest

report.

Untreated problems can lead to premature death.

However, most plants can be saved with small changes to the care routine.

The good news is: If you know the ideal conditions for orchids and care for them properly, you will be rewarded with beautiful flowers for many years to come.

Sign 1: Yellow and wilted leaves

If the orchid's leaves gradually turn yellow and possibly fall off, the plant may be exposed to too much light.

A shady spot where sunlight is filtered through a sheer curtain is ideal for most types of orchids.

The plants should also be in a cooler location and not be exposed to excessive temperature fluctuations.

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Sign 2: Brown tips on the leaves

Brown tips on the leaves are a sign of a lack of water.

The orchid is literally crying out for more moisture.

Watering more frequently allows more water to reach the roots of the plant.

Hobby gardeners should also increase the humidity in the room.

A water bowl with pebbles to support the plant or a humidifier can solve the problem.

Sign 3: Drying out of aerial roots

Too little moisture can also cause the plant's roots to shrink, dry out, and turn brown.

Once the aerial roots have dried out, they can be removed with a clean cutting tool.

However, be careful not to cut off any roots that are still alive - even a slightly stunted root can still provide the plant with nutrients.

Even after flowering, the shoots should be cut back.

In the best case scenario, the orchid will sprout again after just three months.

Sign 4: Fungi and bacteria

Like other houseplants, orchids are susceptible to disease.

Fungi and bacteria can attack any part of the orchid and cause lasting damage to the plant.

The first signs of fungal or bacterial diseases are water-soaked spots and depressions.

They are usually caused by excessive humidity.

This can be prevented, for example, by watering very early so that the soil can dry out by midday heat.

If the orchid is already diseased, the affected areas must be removed immediately.

Also reduce moisture and treat the cuts with a fungicide.

Sign 5: The orchid is not blooming

If your orchid simply doesn't bloom, it's usually due to the wrong growing conditions.

Depending on the type of orchid, the plant follows a specific growth cycle and rest periods.

When purchasing, find out what is good for your orchid.

With the ideal temperature, lighting conditions, location and humidity, the orchid should bloom again soon.

Source: merkur

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