Orchids typically bloom for a few weeks or months. The exact number of weeks depends on the orchid species in question and how well maintained it is. Some orchid species have a longer flowering time than other species. For example, some species bloom for a few days, while others bloom for several months. With regard to maintenance, orchids that are well taken care of usually bloom longer.
In this article, I will share with you the typical blooming duration of some of the most commonly grown orchids in the Western World. I will also share with you information on what to do to make orchids bloom longer.
So, how long do orchids bloom. Orchids bloom for as little as 2 weeks and as for as long as 6 months. The biggest factor is the species of orchid as well as environmental factors that will impact the health of the plant. Read on to find out more.
The Blooming Time Of Various Orchid Species
1. Cattleya Orchids Blooming Time
These orchids are perfect for growing in locations such as South America, Central America, and the Midwestern United States. This is because they prefer plenty of natural light. They are renowned for colorful and cheerful blooms.
Cattleya orchids can bloom for as many as three weeks depending on the variety and how well you maintain them.
2. Moth Orchids Blooming Time
Moth orchids are the most popular type of orchid. They are very popular because of two things. First, they are easy to grow even for beginners. This is because they are hardy orchids. Second, they produce colorful white or purple floral displays.
Moth orchids can bloom for as many as sixteen weeks.
3. Vanda Orchids Blooming Time
Vanda orchids are some of the best orchids to grow in hanging baskets. This is because they look nice when they grow tall above baskets and then bloom while their air roots overflow the baskets.
Vanda orchids can bloom for as many as three months.
4. Dendrobium Orchids Blooming Time
Dendrobium orchids are quite popular because they are low maintenance orchids. They come in various colors and shapes. The best thing about them is their striking blossoms.
Dendrobium orchids can bloom for as many as three months.
5. Oncidium Orchids Blooming Time
There are hundreds of varieties of oncidium orchids on the market. They vary in terms of shape, size, and color. Their floral displays are also somewhat different. The best thing about oncidium orchids is that different varieties thrive in different areas. Therefore, wherever you are in the United States or the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in the world, there is a variety that can do relatively well in your area.
Oncidium orchids can bloom for as many as six weeks.
6. Paphiopedilum Orchids Blooming Time
Paphiopedilum orchids aka paphs are unique orchids. They are unique in the sense that each of them produces only one flower at a time. The flower is often perched on top of a long stalk and has a unique pouch-like appearance. It always looks very elegant.
Paphs can bloom for as many as eight weeks.
7. Miltonia Orchids Blooming Time
Miltonia orchids produce attractive flowers that, in turn, produce a pleasant fragrance. Because the flowers are scent-filled, they are perfect for growing indoors. The flowers often come early in spring.
Miltonias flowers can last for as many as five weeks.
8. Odontoglossum Orchids Blooming Time
These orchids are perfect for greenhouse orchid gardens because they like high humidity and greenhouse orchid gardens generally have high humidity. They are popular because they are low maintenance orchids that produce large and stunning blooms. They generally bloom once every year upon maturity.
Odontoglossum flowers can last for as many as seven weeks.
9. Phragmipedium Orchids Blooming Time
These orchids are perfect for those living in the northeastern United States but desiring bright blossoms typical of tropical orchids. This is because they do relatively well in cold or intermediate environments. However, they must be grown indoors or inside a heated greenhouse to produce the prettiest blossoms.
Phragmipedium orchids can bloom for up to 11 months (one flower after another). This makes them one of the longest blooming orchids.
10. Cymbidium Orchids Blooming Time
Cymbidiums are some of the nicest orchids to grow because they always look amazing. Why? Well, even when they are not blooming, they always have a beautiful foliage made of long narrow leaves that looks stunning. Their flowers look amazing too.
Cymbidiums can bloom for up to two months between autumn and spring.
Now you know how long various types of orchids take to bloom. If you have an orchid and you want it to bloom for as long as it can, this section is for you. In it, you will learn useful tips that will help you prolong the flowering time of your favorite orchid or orchids.
1. Keep Things Cool
By keeping things cool, you will trigger blooming in most orchid species and varieties. Moreover, once the blooming commences, cool temperatures will slow the growth and maturing of the flowers making your orchid or orchids to have flowers for longer.
How cool should you keep things? Well, it depends on your orchid species. However, most orchid species thrive in temperatures between 64 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit. So if you are growing orchids indoors, try to ensure the temperature in your home is set between 64 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are growing orchids in an orchid greenhouse, you can also do the same using different tools such as blinds, shading, or windows.
2. Position Orchids Away From Heat And Cold Drafts
Orchids need to be placed somewhere not too hot and not too cold. If you position your orchid too close to a heat source e.g. a radiator or a bright window, you will stress it and most likely dry its developing buds or flowers. Your orchid will most likely start wilting and die sooner rather than later.
If you position it somewhere where it frequently gets exposed to cold drafts e.g. too close to an uninsulated window during winter or fall, you will end up with a plant that is too stressed to bloom or that blooms for a very limited period.
So heat and cold drafts are not okay if you want your orchid to bloom the longest.
3. Make Sure Your Or Chid Gets Sufficient Indirect Light
Orchids prefer bright but indirect light. Therefore, position your orchid somewhere where it can get plenty of indirect bright light. If the sun does not shine a lot in your area, get grow lights to provide your orchid with the light energy it needs to thrive.
Remember to avoid direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves and flowers of your orchid. It can even kill your orchid if you are not careful.
Sufficient indirect light is what most orchids need to develop beautiful blossoms and to maintain flowers for long.
4. Use Neem Oil Or Insecticidal Soap To Keep Pollinators Away
Pollinating insects are your worst enemies if you want your orchid to bloom for a long time. This is because they can cause pollination resulting in the dying of your orchid flowers since they will have fulfilled their biological purpose. So use spray neem oil and insecticidal soap around the base of your orchid plant and on it to keep pollinators away.
Different types of orchids have different blooming times. Some bloom for several days while others bloom for several months. Some bloom once a year, while others bloom twice or thrice a year. In this post, you learned about the typically blooming times of various orchids. You also learned about how to make orchids bloom longer. Frankly put, you are now an orchid blooming expert. You have ideas about the type or types of orchid you want to grow and what you need to do to make it or them bloom longer.