Orchid flowers die after arriving home.. What now?

YIKES totally unexpected. Bringing home a new pot of orchids and what happens? The flowers start dying off just days after. This was definitely unexpected since knowing that the plant is a live one, why do the orchid flowers die so easily? Does this mean the orchid is slowly dying and the wilted flowers is a symptom of its upcoming death?

Take a breather and have an ice cream. Your orchid is still alive and kicking, even though its flowers are starting to wilt. The atmosphere and environment the orchid is used to has been shifted from a nursey (assuming it is bought from a legit flower nursey) to your home environment. Imagine dropping your kid off at day care on his first day. Same logic. The bigger the difference in the environment in the nursey and your home, the faster the blooms will shrivel and eventually die.

Sucks? Yeah it does, but there are ways where you can prolong the blooms on your orchid. One of those ways is by replicating the environment of its orgins. For example, introducing higher level of humidity. Another method which I found particularly useful is not to repot the orchid.

Obviously if the orchid is badly damaged and requires immediate repotting, losing its flowers should be the last concern. I always prioritize saving the mother plant because I can always get a new set of blooms later on, as long as the orchid is alive and doing well.

Hope this makes sense and I wish you the best of luck with your orchids! Till next time!

Published by jillsorchidarium

Sharing some of my personal experiences with orchids because the amount of information about orchid care is too limited or focused on particular areas. In addition, I'd like to share some of my photos of my pets, bonsais and orchids of course!

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