Hey friends. It’s Shirley Bovshow from the Home & Family show. Today, I want to solve that problem you have. What do you do with your orchid after it’s finished blooming? [I] know a lot [of] you just throw it away. You say, “Oh, it’s dead.” But take a look at how beautiful this plant is. I want to tempt you into wanting to have more of this “gorgeousness” in your home. It’s important to learn how to coax your Orchid to live a very long life and to bloom again. Because, sometimes, you may receive one of these as a special gift and it has a sentimental attachment. It’s pretty simple guys, and here’s the lowdown. When you receive your orchid, it looks beautiful like this. It’s important to understand what makes an orchid HAPPY! Number one: Look at this: An Orchid in nature, is NOT planted in the ground, it grows ON TREE LIMBS, on the crotches of BRANCHES! It is an EPIPHYTE. It’s a plant that does not need soil to survive but at the same time, look at all of these roots! These roots are exposed in the tropical rainforest to the humid air so that it captures water and soaks water through here and also the nutrients from the air, the nitrogen, and everything, and also all the decaying matter feed this as a natural fertilizer and Do you notice something? Look how the flower is actually bowed [over]. They actually grow almost kind of like a vine-DOWN! That’s why we use stakes! Does that make sense? So, now, I want to give you some hope with your orchids. Once it goes from this, to this! Okay, now you’ll say, “Shirley, I had a beautiful Orchid but it’s dead now, look at it! And, I look at it and I say, “Well, huh, you know… The leaves are looking good, they’re green. I see the.. …nice little aerial roots.” This plant my friends, is NOT dead! What it is, is that it has finished flowering! Now it’s going to enter into its dormancy period. But it’s the time when you REALLY start to take CARE of your plant! When you have something like this at home, you just make sure you water it once a week, and you put it in a BRIGHT room. But when you want to keep your plant for KEEPS… Here’s the first step: Number one, find a really good spot in your house near a window, preferably. Where you get nice, bright light, but not DIRECT sunshine beaming on this. You DON”T want that! It will damage your leaves, and it’s not a good thing! But, the reason why it’s good to be near a window is because it will have that ambient heat. And, it’s very important for an orchid to be in a room That’s about 70 to 80 degrees. That’s extremely important! But even more important than that, if you want this to re-bloom for the next season, It needs to have a CHANGE in TEMPERATURE at NIGHT! That means in this room, near this window.. ..hopefully it will become 10 to 15 degrees LESS! Those are magic numbers guys 10 to 15 degrees less! And then what happens, is this will then hasten to create more buds for the next season! So remember: Put it near a window where it’s BRIGHT, (NOT direct sunlight), and make sure that the TEMPERATURE CHANGES from DAY to NIGHT by about 15 degrees. And then.. ..something you may want to do … …Is you may want to trim… …any of the dieback.. from your stem.. because an orchid could live 50 YEARS! I know some of you just have it for like, five DAYS, but 50 YEARS, if you keep it going! So what we want to do, is we want to cut around the fourth node. And if you want to take a close look at this… …this is a NODE. This is where new growth emerges from the stem. So we’re going to go..”One. two, three… …four.” I’m going to cut right above that node. Whats going to happen is that when it’s time for this to continue growing from the TIP, It will create… …maybe ONE, or maybe TWO stems, from where more BUDS are going to come. And so, that is the important thing! I want you to notice something else. I have this pot on a BED of GRAVEL. The reason for that is, THAT’S the other element that’s very important for your Orchid to be happy! It needs HUMIDITY! Now if you’re in a DRY room, (which most of us are)… It does not give it enough humidity. So if you put it on a bedrock of the rocks, you put some water in here. What happens as the water evaporates, it creates a beautiful… …HUMID DOME for your plant! THAT is how you’re going to Coax it back. Another thing that’s really important … ..Well, when you have a plant that’s this beautiful, I’ve heard people say, “What kind of orchid food should I feed it? Should I fertilize it?” Well, I do suggest that you have a specific Orchid food or something that promotes blooms and flowers. But, THIS is NOT the time to fertilize your orchid! NOT when it’s in full bloom friends! When it STOPS blooming, when you bring it over and you give it this ideal situation, THAT is WHEN you want to put your… …Orchid on a feeding schedule! ..Take a look at the instructions on your orchid food. If it says to give a certain amount per week or per month,… cut it in HALF and then give it a WEAK dose, but do it WEEKLY. So they call it, “Weakly, weekly!” So a weak dose, WEEKLY so that EVERY time you water it, it gets a little bit of food. On the subject of watering… It’s really important NOT to let your orchid STAND or pool in WATER! Now, I told you to put it on little pebbles, but that doesn’t mean that it has DIRECT access to the water! The water is BELOW the pebbles. But you don’t want that because what happens is, these roots will PULL UP the water and the water will sit AROUND the ROOT area and ROT it! Not good! And that just defeats the purpose. So it’s very important that when you do water it, you want to water it COMPLETELY! Which I mean, just get the water through. Make sure that it’s COMING OUT from the bottom COMPLETELY and If it starts to over full,… overflow.. And if it starts [to] overflow, make sure to rinse it out. But you want to do that at least ONCE a WEEK. Once, (twice maybe), but ONCE a WEEK, a FULL, nice WATERING. Do NOT get the leaves WET! Now, if you want to understand… (Once it starts to grow, maybe in a few months) .. the WAY an ORCHID BLOOMS, is important to know. First of all, take a look at this beautiful little Orchid. It’s got this long stem… ..got all these beautiful little buds. Well the way it works is… ..It starts to OPEN from the BOTTOM!. So this was the FIRST bud that opened up, then this one, now this one is opening, and now we’ve got some more coming along! So this is important to know because when you go out and you BUY an orchid plant for yourself or as a gift,… you DON’T want to buy one that doesn’t have ANY buds! Because then what’s going to happen is as soon as these are TIRED.. there’s NO MORE… Orchid FLOWERS until NEXT season, (IF you do what I just showed you and take care of it correctly!) So, that’s a hot tip guys for when you buy your orchids! Make sure they’ve got buds! Again… DON’T THROW AWAY your beautiful Orchid once it STOPS flowering! It’s got life in it for MANY years. Some people have 50 60 years with the same Orchid being passed down in the family! They’re gorgeous, they’re works of art! So anyway… Make sure it DROPS in TEMPERATURE 10 to 15 degrees from DAY to NIGHT. Make sure it gets nice BRIGHT light, NO direct sunlight Make sure that it has HUMIDITY around it, put it on pebbles and give it a little CUT along the fourth NODE and FERTILIZE it! Okay, a lot of work, but it’s so worth it. And then guess what’s going to happen? Your orchid is going to REBLOOM again! “And no one is smarter than this chick.” Oh, no. [I’m] you I love you. “Hey I just wanted to bomb you!” I give you some money? I love you. Should I give you money? [I] love you Orly… She’s so cute! Okay, guys Got it? Now we know how to take care of our orchids and bring them back to life! Hey, if you like these tips, and you want more, watch me on the “Home & Family Show,” weekly, on the Hallmark Channel And you know what? Visit their Facebook page and visit MY FACEBOOK page, “EdenMakers by Shirley Bovshow!” Bye-bye!

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  • Hi Shirley You have some good information on a new orchid owner which is why I subscribed to your channel today because I received a plant today for Mothers Day and need to know how to take good care of it. I have a good green thumb for my regular plants but not for Orchids. Thanks again for your good tips!

  • your video tips was everything I was looking for thank you so much for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I would like to know why so many orchards come saying to put 3 ice cubes. I did that for years and every orchards I had would die. this last one that I have I repotted it and fed it and it rebloomed beautiful. Thank for your video.

  • Thanks

  • do you fertilize when budding?

  • Love you !

  • What if I cut the blooming stems all the way back? Will it bloom again?

  • Thank you for this video! I would always throw away orchids that I would get as a gift, thinking it died. Now I am going to buy one.๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Goddammit i should've watch this before i cut mine, I cut the damn thing too low ๐Ÿ˜ ..! Now I have to wait an eternity right?

  • Nice fun bags ๐Ÿคช

  • Must focus on plants. right.

  • Haha no wonder I haven't kept mine alive, thanks for the help!

  • I've had my orchid for 1.5 yrs…a gift when my husband died. No blooms because I cut the stalk all the way down right after the flowers fell off. I'll try your steps and fingers crossed will see blooms again. TBH, I'm simply shocked that it's still alive!!

  • I got my orchid for mothers day about 12 years ago. Once, I left it outside and racoons nibbled on its roots.ย One time, I forgot to bring it inside and the sun nearly cooked it.ย  Years later I forgot to bring it inside and it went through a frost. It puts out 4 flowers per year.ย  Sometimes, it has two flowering sessions…. 4 flowers each.

  • What the f..k 70-80๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

  • Thank you for this information.

  • What do you think of the new orchids just add ice ?

  • Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!


  • For fertilizing I got advice to water with very pulverized egg shells with water in a blender so I saved some up but I'm not sure about this home method-what do you think? Orchid fertilizer is so expensive.

  • Thanks very much. My mother in-law passed away June.21, 2018 and we were given orchids. All questioned answered about getting new blooms. Theyโ€™ll definitely be around for years to come

  • I got my orchid 5 yrs ago. My sister said "should you repot?" I said i dont know:

    "i pretty much ignore it. I give it about a tablespoon of water once a week when i dust; other than that its pretty much ignored. Ive never pruned it or fed it. I just put it in a bright light south facing window and it seems happy. It blooms every year!"

    Her question made me seek out information bcus i know zero about orchids! I can see ive been pretty darn lucky. Its the easiest, repeat bloomer ive ever had! Its got about 20 areials, that look very healthy. Bright leaves and blooms stay beautiful for 6-7 months. Every January through july? Idk, it bloomed in january and its June so maybe ill make it thru August this year. I havent dropped a petal!

    The only thing i guess i should check is the fact its in a glass, heavy duty non-draining pot! Go figure it needs holes! Maybe i should leave "well enough" alone. Ild be heart sick if i kill it ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • No ones house goes down 15 degrees at night my God

  • I just saved a healthy orchid from a dumpster. Wish me luck!๐Ÿคฉ

  • She's a doll!

  • Thank you for your wonderful youtube clips. I am wondering if you can give me an idea how long it would take on average for a flower spike to grow? I left my last flower spike on but it died, so I have just cut it off. But after watching this clip I thought I would ask. Oh another question, I know my phalaenosis orchids need re-potting but I am rather apprehensive for fear of killing them as they have been doing well and most have flower spikes, which I don't want to prevent from doing their thing. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

  • Hey shirley >< Can you do this with orchids inside a closed bottle like you showed us ? many thanks for that video too! I made one myself. My first plantarium >< http://prnt.sc/nzfdto >< http://prnt.sc/nzfdfs ><

  • I love your videos.

  • Best information for this plant big tnxxx mam …๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Smart and beautiful women, complete package!!

  • So lovely orchids you have Eden,I hope I can produce like yours,so beautiful flowers!

  • Shirley!! I have an Orchid problem!! How can I reach you or reach someone who can help??

  • I have a greenhouse and went out of town. Had me neighbor water for me…Well, the orchid was under the ventilation window and was left open. it was severely sunburned. what do I do?? (Besides kill my neighbor?? lol!!)

  • Thank you for your insights on how to care for orchids; love them but kept losing them, by not having the knowledge on how to care for them!

  • Nice copper petals in the back

  • Not even two minutes in and I think youโ€™re so cute!! I definitely want to watch your videos. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  • Wow. you do answer back to your viewers, thats realy nice of you .๐Ÿ’•

  • Good advice, root rot is what kills most orchids, I use orchid pots which have holes/slots in the sides, like a basket.

  • I keep my house at a constant temperature around 75 so to get the temperature drop should i put them in the garage at night?

  • Mine always rebloom I never do much but water

  • I like what you are doing-so much ,beautiful flowers ๐Ÿ’ ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน

  • An actual useful vid on the topic!

  • Love your video, its so easy to follow and Shrley you are as beautiful as the orchids.

  • Hi Shirley. First time watching. I love your beautiful energy! Thanks for the orchard tips! Very thorough.

  • How often do they bloom?

  • Thank you! Now I have hope that my plant is going to survive ๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  • Best informations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • I love your video before on how to propagate orchids by stem, now im feeding my orchids with moss and now they are happy, they blooms, and i put them on the window where the heater located and they are happy so thanks to you

  • Hi! How long does it take to rebloome orchid?

  • Mine is in my bathroom with a window ๐Ÿ˜€

  • '''THANK YOU''' for years,,,, i have been trying to grow them,,, and killed them,,, '''NOW I KNOW;; ''THANKS''''''

  • '''THANKS'''' for years i been trying to grow them,,, AND KILLED THEM'''' now i know how to take care of them,,,, THANKS''''''

  • Hi! My orchids seem to be branching off from the stem (very high up) and growing new leaves off of that. It's been that way for months and I keep hoping they were blooms but I'm not so sure. Can I send you a pic and see what you think?

  • Thank you. Good and Thorough explanation.

  • I've had my Orchid since Feb this year, last wwwk it looked like I had about 10-12 new blooms coming out, but then all of the sudden the entire area where those flowers were going to bloom, became dry ๐Ÿ˜ญ yesterday I watched a video, but your video, on his to replant an Orchid. It instructed to leave the roots outside the pot… Yesterday the roots were green and plumped today they are dry and Grey ๐Ÿ˜ญ can I still save my Orchid?

  • can you use compost tea to fertilize it frozen into ice cubes and given weekly?

  • Thank you! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • Love your presentation. Thank you!

  • Just a suggestion to your great video, next time, ask other people to leave the room or not to make noise… very distracting to your wonderful information!

  • Beautiful woman!

  • Saved this video to tell me what to do when my orchid stopped flowering: perfect instructions, thank you!

  • I live in south florida. My house stays at 78 degrees day and night. What do you reccomend ?

  • My husband keeps it so cold in the house. I don't know what to do to give it a warm day… Unless I put it in the garage during the day and bring it in at night (I'm in Minnesota).

  • Thank you so much for the tips…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•

  • Thank you! This was very informative and easy to follow. I just received the first orchid I've ever had, and I really want to keep it happy! Our apartment is fairly cool in temperature, but hopefully it will be warm enough right on my computer desk, and there's a window here too. I have other tropical plants and they seem to like it just fine here.

  • My girlfriend was about to throw away a non blooming orchid. I snatched it from her. Problem is, she cut the entire blooming stock. The leaves have stayed green for months but no new stock is growing. Can I help it along?

  • Hey Eden. This is Nidhi from India. Do you think we have the ideal temperature for orchids to bloom again. I stay in Bangalore where its not hot or humid. At night it's a bit colder.

  • Thanks for helping. โค

  • excellent thanx

  • 3:47 ๐Ÿ™‚ 5 days, that would be me :').

  • You have got to be one of the best you tuber ever. It is about the natural way you deliver the messages. It is clear that you do this with love and that draws positive energy around you. Thanks to dedicate your time to help others with this and to react and/or answering the messages to every one . Wish you the best and lots of health so you can continue doing this wich you enjoy so much. Have a nice and bright day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I have a phalaenopsis that is 10 years old it blooms twice per year and all I do is chop it off above its lowest node and water it once a week .for one minute . it is treated fairly roughly and it thrives. no food no special care NOTHING.It sits in a plastic pot on a pice of kitchen roll . , Every year I pull off the lowest two leaves . It produces new ones each year . I have NEVER fed it .


  • Look at the size of those orchids!

  • where can I buy the fertiliser to put it on orchids can I order to u

  • Lots of great information. Background noise detracts from the video! More difficult to hear you…

  • I cut the stem away that the orchid was one all the way to the bottom, I have many green leaves but no blooms. Did I "kill" any chances of it blooming again? My plant is 4 years plus and never had a bloom again. Is there any hope for it.

  • Fantastic loved the way you advised on Orchids…I needed help with mine. Love from Ireland Subscribed ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒžโค

  • Thank you for your kind tips on Orchid care; well appreciated!

  • Great video.

  • I love how you talk about them with passion and love.

  • I was told that I could add 2 teaspoons of Edson salt to a gallon of water can you use this as a fertilizer?

  • You explained it very great stagey stagey my orchid is not blooming it's been a year I will definitely use your ideas hope it bloom again cant wait to see the beauty of it and I really dont wanna buy more I like to see the one I have already to bloom that's more loving to see then buy another .

  • I shall be tuning in regularly, we have just been given two orchids for gifts !!
    You explain how to look after then clearly!!! Thank you Kenny and Marina , Liverpool, England xxx

  • I like this lady and the way she explains things but damn, this video and audio quality is garbage. People are talking in the back and the camera goes out of focus a few times…. Not worth watching all the way through.

  • Shirley, You have great information. But, seriously, how rude are the people in your home? They need to know you are important. Your public needs to learn what you are teaching. Thank you so much for all you have contributed to extending the lives of so many orchids all over the world. God Bless.

  • I'm very new to growing orchids. I was given one about 3 years ago (Christmas gift ๐Ÿ™‚ lol ) and after that had done blooming I though it was finished, dead. However, I covered it in a large plastic bag, left in my kitchen, ignored it more or less completely, and LO! 18 months later, it started to bloom! I didn't do anything for it, maybe watered it a couple of times which created its own humidity, and I think neglect was urging it on! I do worry that it's a bit stringy and I've cut it back once or twice, but the nodes aren't very pronounced so I worry about it. It does keep coming back, just when I thought it was dormant, with gaudy pink flowers. I've just re-potted it, done it all wrong according to your instructions – no bark, didn't ease the roots, although I cut some dead ones off and I have the aerials "up" so maybe if I put it back in the kitchen for the winter, feed it etc etc, it 'll come back. I also now know how to get rid of the dead leaves – a very special trick. I'm heading to the gardening shop to get the "missing" ingredients, including clear pots.
    I bought myself another about a year ago and that is beautiful, won't stop blooming. It's very healthy, very pretty, and its aerials are clinging to the pot like it won't let go!
    I'm very happy that I've managed to achieve keeping them alive, even if the environment isn't exactly what's recommended – I think they like sitting side by side in the window where it's warm, there are two other plants nearby where I think they pinch their evaporating water!
    Shirley, I love your presentation style, your enthusiasm for your subject, and they way you get bombed – hilarious!
    I'll be following you for more tips. Thank you – Julie UK x

  • I have never been able to keep an orchid alive. This video is great. I had never heard any of this. Maybe I won't torture and kill my next one.

  • what if the leaves have dyed and are not on the plant any more

  • Whatโ€™s all that background noise???????

  • Best share,than you

  • Everything you say is so true. 5 years ago a got, once again, an orchid. But the difference this time was that we moved into our new house. I put them in front of my window kitchen and it did great there. Once it was bloomed out I cut it back on the stem and I can honestly say that in less than 3 month I have new growth. I have 3 different orchids now. They bloomed out end of august and my oldest one has 1 new growth, the middle one has 5 and the youngest one has 2. This in less than 3 months. I LOVE orchids

  • Waw you have beautiful bobs

  • Thanks for sharing Dear!

  • What to do when you had cut off the steam all the way down ???? โ˜น๏ธ

  • Shirley I have about 30 or 35โ€™ , But they all not blooming I donโ€™t know what I am doing wrong , Please help me how to make my Orchid bloom again.

  • Hi Shirley. What if I have my orchids are in water vs barks? Does it make much difference?

  • Sheryl, thank you so much for a very informative instruction video. I just bought my first orchid. Your videos are very well done. What I do. I take ice cube trays. I fill them with water. And when thier done blooming. I also make a ice cube try mix with the fertiluzer/ food in it. Each week I give my orchids time ice cubes a week. This help with not over watering or under watering. This trick help people who are newly wanrmting to grow thier own orchids

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