‘Long-lived plants’: Orchid care expert on how to make orchids last for ‘number of years’

Orchids: Expert shares tips for looking after plant

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Orchid blooms last from around six to eight weeks to several months, depending on the variety. The lifespan of the houseplant also depends on the variety. However, ensuring the plant is well-cared for will mean the plant will live for longer.

Some orchids can live for a couple of decades while some indoor ones can last for 10 to 15 years.

Over time, the plant and foliage will weaken so it’s critical the plant is properly watered and cutback.

M&S Flower expert Simon Richards has shared how to ensure orchids live for a “number of years”.

The plant expert said cutting back the stem is crucial.

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He said: “Once you’ve enjoyed all your flowers you cut down this stem.

“In this instance, I would only cut it to here because what you can see here.

“It’s already started to throw a new flowering shoot which is great news.

“But if it didn’t have that one, you’d take that whole stem right down to the lowest node.”

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Simon said he would cut the stem down to where two stems meet because the main stem has already begun growing a new flowering shoot.

The nodes are triangular growth nodules where new growth can occur.

The nodes look a bit like fish scales or tiny cuts in the stem.

Simon also pointed out the next flowering shoot of the orchid which was emanating from the bottom of the plant.

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The shoot was bright green and pointed.

He said it would take another month or more to get to the height of the orchid itself.

He continued: “But then with luck and good care you’ll get a fantastic new spread of flowers.

“They’re very long-lived plants so if you manage to get that cycle of flowering and cutting and regrowth you could have your plant for a number of years.”

Orchids need bright and indirect light to thrive.

Direct sunlight could cause the leaves and flowers to burn.

Orchids also don’t like to be overwatered as this can lead to root rot.

Ensure the plant is watered around once a week with lukewarm water.

Cold water can shock the plant.

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