How do I care for my Spider Orchid once all the flowers have died??
I love Spider Orchids with their large flower spikes that can have as many as 15-20 flowers on them at a time.
It’s very important that Spider Orchids (Brassia orchids) rest for about 6-8 weeks after they have finished blooming.
Here are some after bloom care tips:
Instead of the bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. they usually like, put them in lower light.
Place your Spider Orchid in a cooler area (though not in any area below 60F (16C).
Brassia orchids need more water when developing flower buds and blooming. Once the flowers have died, allow the medium to almost dry out before watering again.
Do not fertilize once the blooms have died. Start feeding your Spider orchid again once new growth starts to develop.