Q: I have a customer with a nobile dendrobium that has asked me about roots growing from higher branches. It is a healthy plant and he wants to repot it so it continues to grow. Should I just leave this high roots alone, they are healthy, and just repot as I would a normal orchid?
A. Usually when roots start on the stems it means the roots below are not happy. My guess is they still have this plant in the deco pot (which doesn’t breathe as well as a terra cotta). Not much you can do other than repot and keep the roots below warm so they can recover. To get more flowers the plant has to grow new canes. Leave the old ones on.
Q. I was given an Exotic orchid from Matsui as a gift. I love it and have been following your watering directions. It is beginning to drop flowers. Is this normal and will they bloom again?
A. If all of your blooms are wide open (not tight) this is completely normal for your orchid to drop their blooms after a few to several weeks. Most of our varieties of exotics last in-bloom six weeks or more, but some are less. If you’ve followed all the directions on your tag and the orchid looks healthy overall (foliage is upright and green, medium is allowed to almost dry out between waterings and isn’t soggy) then you’re doing a good job! Some orchids are also easier to re-bloom than others. You can check out our reblooming tips for more info!
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Q.What specific or type of fertilizer do I use for my Exotic orchid?
A. There are many different fertilizers to choose from. We recommend using a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer applied 1x per month or an "orchid” fertilizer available from grocery stores, nurseries or home improvement stores. Just follow the manufacturer’s directions. We also don’t recommend using fertilizer while in bloom since our plants are grown strong and don’t require it until their blooms are spent.
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