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Q

I re­ceived a lovely big pot for my birth­day with six or­chids in it. How­ever, all the flow­ers have fallen off as I think I over­wa­tered it. The dish un­der it was full of wa­ter. Please can you tell me how to look af­ter them?

Mrs Pat Ran­some

A

Yes, it sounds like you might have over­done the wa­ter­ing there! Or­chids don’t like to sit in a dish of wa­ter – it’s bet­ter to soak the grow­ing medium once a week but then al­low it to com­pletely dry out.

That said, it is nor­mal for the flow­ers to fall off even­tu­ally, but af­ter a pe­riod of rest or­chids do bloom again.

Cut off the flow­er­ing stalks to above a node and keep wa­tered once a week over the sum­mer and your plant may well re­cover.

Over-wa­ter­ing is a prob­lem for or­chids

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