Posted 6d ago by @Nokkl3z

My orchid seems healthy and growing however i havent had blooms in over a year, is this normal? Any advice?
Move into bright indirect light, water when the roots turn silver, and fertilize.
@MiyaSlagle i do everything except fertilize her thank you 😁
Yes definitely fertilizer!
Trim here. Add orchid specific fertilizer. Soak bark. Let dry. Put in bright light (use a light meter).
You definitely need to cut that old bloom stem as close to the plant as you can. Use an orchid fertilizer, if I don’t fertilize mine don’t like to bloom either. Mine are in a south window so they get quite a few hours of great light.
Some orchids also want to see a change of 10
Degrees between day and night for blooming as well@but not all
When the top leaves don’t grow as big as the leaves underneath it, that usually means that there’s a problem and it’s either not getting enough light or not getting enough nutrients or both. In healthy phals, each new leaf should be bigger than the ones that come before it. She also looks like she’s shed a couple of leaves on the right hand side in the picture - it’s unusual for them to lose any leaves but the bottom ones (these are the oldest and a phal will usually lose one to two per year). Shedding leaves other than the bottom ones can also mean there is a problem (it can be due to sun damage, dehydration or not getting enough nutrients - I suspect not getting enough nutrients). I’d advise you to move her to more light and also invest in a good orchid fertiliser. When you get your fertiliser, I’d give the roots a good soak in it for 10-15 minutes when you water her, so that’s she’s able to soak up the nutrients. When was her last repot? I’d be tempted to repot to have a look at the condition of the roots - they will tell you the full story about the orchids health. You can also cut the spike off too so that the plant invests all of its energy into new root growth and leaf growth, which will help make it strong enough to bloom. Blooming takes a huge amount of energy for orchids and can even kill the plant if they aren’t strong enough to handle it (I’ve learnt this the hard way), so I’d be inclined to wait until the plant has picked up a bit more and has gained strength and energy from the sun and being fertilised. When the plant is ready, it’ll usually need a 10 Celsius temperature drop overnight - if you do this over a few weeks, it’ll usually develop a new spike, which will be so worth the wait!

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