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
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