One Surprising Secret for Encouraging Orchids to Produce a New Spike


Do you have an orchid that used to bloom beautifully but now seems to be dying? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Orchids can be quite fickle and sometimes they just stop blooming for no apparent reason. But here’s a little secret that can help you bring your orchid back to life and initiate the growth of a new spike.

The secret, which many people don’t know about, was discovered by a renowned orchid expert, Dr. Becker. He found that when an orchid’s roots start to wilt and turn yellow, it’s a sign that the plant is not getting enough light and nutrients. So, to give your orchid the boost it needs, you’ll need to place it in a cool and well-lit room. Make sure to provide it with adequate light supplies while also maintaining a cool temperature.

Now, you might be wondering how long you need to keep your orchid in this cool room. Well, it depends on various factors, including the variety of orchid you have. Some orchids may take as little as 2 months to initiate a new spike, while others may take longer. The key is to be patient and keep reading for more tips!

In addition to providing the right lighting and temperature, you’ll also need to make sure your orchid gets enough water and nutrients. While watering, keep in mind that orchids don’t like to be watered too often. Let the soil dry out a bit between watering sessions. And when it comes to feeding, use a balanced orchid fertiliser during the growing season to promote healthy bud development.

If you’re really serious about helping your orchid grow a new spike, consider creating a greenhouse-like environment for it. A greenhouse provides the perfect conditions for orchids to thrive, with regulated temperature, light, and humidity levels. Many orchid enthusiasts have reported great success by returning their orchids to a greenhouse-like environment.

So, what’s the one little secret you need to know? Well, it’s learning how to keep your orchid happy and healthy in a cool and well-lit room. When an orchid gets the right conditions, it will reward you with beautiful reblooming and flowering spikes. Just remember to stake the spike to give it some support as it grows. Happy gardening!

After Orchid Flowers Fall

After your orchid flowers fall, it’s important to give your plant the proper care it needs to continue growing and potentially rebloom. Here’s what you could do:

1. Keep it cool: Phalaenopsis orchids prefer a cool spot between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius) during the day and around 10 degrees cooler at night. This temperature difference helps the orchid’s growth cycle.

2. Continue watering: While the orchid is not blooming, continue watering it regularly. However, make sure to water less frequently compared to when it was in full bloom. Water just enough to keep the roots moist but not drenched.

3. Provide enough light: Orchids need bright, indirect light to thrive. Find a suitable spot in your home with good levels of light, but avoid exposing them to direct sunlight as it can damage the leaves and roots.

4. Watch for new spikes: As your orchid enters its dormant period, it may initiate the growth of a new spike. This is a good sign, as it indicates that your orchid could bloom again in the future. Keep an eye out for new spikes appearing from the base of the plant.

5. Check the root health: During this time, it’s also helpful to inspect the roots of your orchid. Look for any signs of rot or dehydration. Healthy roots are firm and green, while damaged ones may appear brown, mushy, or dry. If you notice any issues, follow the appropriate steps to correct them.

6. Feed your orchid: Orchids benefit from regular feeding, especially during the growing season. Use a specialized orchid fertilizer according to the instructions on the package to provide the necessary nutrients for healthy growth.

7. Be patient: Orchids can take some time to rebloom, often several months or even years. It’s important to be patient and continue providing the proper care and conditions for your orchid. Remember, the wait is worth it when those beautiful flowers appear once again!

PS: Orchids are tropical plants, so they thrive in warm temperatures. When grown in a home environment, it’s essential to provide the right temperature range to ensure their well-being.

How to Make an Orchid Grow A New Spike-1 Little Known Secret

If you’re a fan of orchids, you probably know that they can be a bit tricky to care for. But did you know that there’s a little-known secret to getting your orchid to grow a new spike? It’s true! By following a few simple steps, you can encourage your orchid to rebloom and display its beautiful flowers once again.

The first thing you’ll need to do is find the right location for your orchid. Most orchids, including the popular Phalaenopsis, prefer to be in a location that mimics their natural tropical environment. This means that they need to be kept in a warm and humid area, with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can provide these conditions, your orchid will be well on its way to growing a new spike.

Next, you’ll want to focus on the care of your orchid. Orchids need to be watered regularly, but be careful not to overwater them. A good rule of thumb is to water your orchid once a week, allowing the water to drain completely before watering again. Additionally, orchids need plenty of light to grow, so make sure they’re placed in a spot where they’ll get bright, indirect light for most of the day.

One of the key factors in getting your orchid to grow a new spike is providing the right support. Orchids have a stem called a “spike” that grows from the nodes on the stem of the plant. If your orchid’s spike is dying or has already bloomed, you’ll need to trim it back to the base of the plant. This will encourage the orchid to focus its energy on growing a new spike instead of trying to rebloom the old one.

Another little-known secret is that orchids need a period of cooler temperatures to trigger the reblooming process. After your orchid has finished flowering, move it to a slightly cooler location, such as a greenhouse or a cooler room in your home. Keep the temperature between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit for about four weeks. This change in temperature will signal to the orchid that it’s time to start growing a new spike.

Finally, be patient. It takes time for an orchid to grow a new spike and produce flowers. Most orchids will take at least a few months to bloom again, although some may take longer. During this time, continue to care for your orchid as you normally would, providing it with the right amount of water, light, and support. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful new spike-1 and a flowering orchid to enjoy once again.

So, if you’re an orchid grower or just someone who loves these beautiful flowers, now you know the little-known secret to getting your orchid to grow a new spike. By following these steps and providing the right conditions, you can increase the chances of your orchid reblooming and enjoy its blooms for years to come.


Have you ever wondered how to make your orchid grow a new spike? Well, here’s a little-known secret that can help you achieve just that.

Firstly, it’s important to visit your orchid in the afternoon. Orchids are not fans of direct sunlight, so make sure to place them in a location where they will receive bright, indirect light, but not direct sunlight. While they thrive in warm temperatures, keep in mind that they also need a cooler night-time range to properly bloom. Orchids are mostly grown in the tropics, so replicating these temperature changes is essential for their growth.

If you haven’t already, be sure to fertilize your orchid. Orchids need a specific type of fertiliser that is high in nitrogen and calcium. You can find these fertilisers at your local gardening store or online. Follow the instructions on the packaging to give your orchid the fuel it needs to grow a new spike.

Another important factor to consider is watering. Orchids are delicate plants that don’t like to be over or under-watered. Make sure to water them thoroughly, allowing the water to drain out completely. This will ensure that the orchid’s roots have enough moisture to thrive. However, be mindful not to let the orchid sit in standing water for too long, as this can lead to root rot.

A change in location can also make a big difference in encouraging your orchid to grow a new spike. If you’ve had your orchid in the same spot for a long time and haven’t seen any new spikes, try moving it to a different location. Sometimes a change in scenery can stimulate growth.

Finally, patience is key. Orchids take time to grow and bloom. It can take several months from the time you start making these changes until you see a new spike emerge. So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Keep providing the necessary care and sooner or later, your orchid will reward you with a beautiful new spike and flowers.

So, there you have it – the secret to getting your orchid to grow a new spike. With the right care, fertilisers, and a bit of time, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of your orchid in full bloom. Just remember to visit your orchid in the afternoon, give it the proper nutrients, take care of its watering needs, change its location if necessary, and be patient. With these steps, you’ll have a flourishing orchid with beautiful spikes and vibrant flowers.


If you’re looking to make your orchid grow a new spike, one little known secret is to place it outside. Although orchids can grow indoors, placing them outside provides them with the ideal conditions to continue their growth.

Orchids thrive in tropical climates, so being placed outside allows them to experience the temperatures they are accustomed to. The change in temperature and light can help initiate the flowering process and encourage the growth of a new spike-1.

When you decide to move your orchid outside, make sure to choose a location that receives the right amount of light. Phalaenopsis orchids, for example, prefer bright but indirect light, so placing them in a spot with filtered sunlight is ideal.

During the warmer months, when the temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), you can place your orchids outside. However, avoid placing them in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day to prevent the leaves from getting burnt.

One important thing to remember when keeping your orchids outside is to check on them regularly. Orchids need enough water and humidity to thrive, so make sure to water them adequately and monitor the moisture levels of the soil.

If you live in an area with a fall and winter season, your orchid will go through a period of dormancy. During this time, you should continue caring for your orchid as usual, but be aware that its growth may slow down or stop. Fertilizing your orchid during this period won’t help it bloom, so focus on maintaining the plant’s overall health.

As the spring season approaches and the temperatures start to rise, you can start watering your orchid more frequently and resume fertilizing it. This will provide the necessary nutrients and fuel to encourage the growth of new buds and spikes.

Remember to be patient with your orchid’s reblooming process. It may take a few weeks or even months for your orchid to initiate a new spike-1 and bloom again. But with the right conditions and care, it will eventually happen.

If you’re concerned about your orchid’s flowering and want to give it a little boost, you can visit a local nursery or garden center for a blooming booster or a calcium-based fertiliser. These products can help stimulate the flowering process and provide your orchid with the necessary nutrients.

In conclusion, placing your orchids outside can help them grow a new spike-1 and achieve beautiful blooms. Remember to provide them with the right amount of light, temperature, and care. With a little patience and the right conditions, your orchids will thrive and reward you with stunning flowers.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.