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Do Orchids Grow Back After They Die? [Regrowing Tricks]

As an Orchid parent, have you wondered why your exotic bloomers have suddenly stopped reblooming?

The chances are they are likely “monocarpic” Orchids that bloom only once or are severely lacking maintenance and dying back.

Orchids are perennial bloomers that flower yearly and die back before reblooming the following year. Also, Orchids grow back every year with blooming frequency, depending on species, pruning, and the right amount of maintenance.

Discover proven tips for maintaining Orchids to witness fuller blooms and regrow after they die back.

Do Orchids Grow Back After They Die?

Did you know Orchids live for 10 to 25 years when provided with year-round optimal care?

Therefore, they would not die that soon, but sometimes they may experience gradual die-back (dead foliage with live rots) and stalled blooming for many different reasons.

Orchids are perennial bloomers that will grow back each year and primarily bloom in spring, sometimes fall. Almost every Orchid plant will bloom with colorful and exotic blossoms after falling off.

orchid flowers indoors
Orchids require extensive maintenance of their blooms, so they are not beginner-friendly plants.

Above all, if your Orchid fails to bloom again after the flowers fall off, you have a severe issue at hand.

There are several reasons why an Orchid may not rebloom or grow new leaves, including:

Insufficient lightToo much or too less direct sunlight may discourage new growth or flowers.
Improper wateringOverwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the plant to dry out and become dehydrated.
Poor air circulationThe stagnant or humid air around the plant cn lead to mold or fungal growth, which can damage the flowers.
Nutrient deficiencyMissing out on regular feeding of macronutrients or NPK may fail to produce new growth or flowers.
TemperatureToo hot or too cold weather prevent the plant from growing and blooming properly.
Disease or pestsOrchids infested with pests or has developed a disease may not be able to produce new growth until the issue is resolved.

To encourage your Orchid to bloom, it is essential to identify and address the underlying issue promptly. 

Besides, it is essential to note that not all Orchids will rebloom after their initial blooming period. Some are known to be more difficult bloomers.

For example, the “monocarpic” Orchid species, such as the Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) and Agave Orchid, blooms only once and then die, also referred to as annual Orchids.

Therefore, you can expect your monocarpic Orchid to stop blooming after they are done.

How to Grow Back Orchids? [Easy Methods]

Orchids can experience dieback, which is the gradual or sudden death of plant tissue and occurs in leaves, stems, and roots.

But you can get your Orchid to bloom soon by adjusting or fixing your plant care routine. 

1. Correct the Lighting

Good lighting is the source of optimal plant food production, encouraging photosynthesis and flower production.

Orchids prefer 12 to 14 hours of direct sunlight daily in the growing season to produce flower buds.

Therefore, move your plant to the house’s brightest spot, such as a south-facing window or patio.

If sunlight seems scarce, supplement the lack of natural lighting with full-spectrum LED grow light for at least 14 hours each day.

However, remember to introduce partial shade in high summer to prevent the risk of sunburn and less flower production in Orchid plants.

2. Water Sufficient

Like sunlight, the Orchid needs regular watering in the growing season to produce food and energy for bud formation.

However, it may be too easy to under or overwater the plant, inviting root rot, stressed growth, and delayed blooming.

As a general rule, water your Orchid when the growing medium is almost but completely dry.

Sticking your finger into the growing medium is one way to check if an orchid needs water. If the first few inches feel dry, it may be time to water.
Sticking your finger into the growing medium is one way to check if an Orchid needs water. If the first few inches feel dry, it may be time to water.

Water them once weekly in the growing season and twice in summer if they grow under intense outdoor sunlight.

Similarly, reduce watering to once in two weeks in the fall and winter to support dormancy.

3. Prune Occasionally

Pruning is essential for Orchid plants to bloom because it encourages new growth and blooms.

  • Identify the cause by examining the plant for signs of disease or pests, yellowing or decayed leaves, stalled flower buds, delayed growth, etc.
  • Start with removing the plant’s old, damaged, or dead parts in the growing season. You can grow Orchids from cuttings after the pruned remaining. 
  • Cut off the outer growth to focus its energy on flower production and promote airflow.
  • Remove dead or yellowing leaves as well.
  • Lastly, prune off spent flower spikes by cutting the stem just above a node or bud.

It will prepare your plant to produce new buds for subsequent flowering.

Generally, pruning should be done once or twice a year. Wait until the flower spike has turned brown or yellow before pruning off.

Phalaenopsis variety produces flower spikes from old ones, so avoid cutting the spike too close to the base of the plant.

4. Use Proper Fertilization

Orchids do not need specialized formula; you can use a balanced fertilizer instead.

The essential macronutrients or NPK, especially nitrogen, will help promote healthy foliage growth and flower production.

Here are a few reliable fertilizers for Orchid plants.

Regarding frequency, fertilize your Orchids every 2-4 weeks during the growing season.

Cut back fertilization to once every three months or none during fall and winter.

Overfertilizing can lead to root burn and affect flower production; therefore, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and dilute the solution before applying it or use slow-release fertilizers instead.

5. Optimal Temperature and Humidity

Most Orchids prefer a temperature range of 60-85°F  during the day and a slightly cooler temperature range of 55-65°F at night.

Varieties like Phalaenopsis can tolerate temperatures up to 90°F during the day, which makes them quite drought-tolerant.

Therefore, a warm temperature is a must for encouraging flower production in Orchid plants.

  • Move your plant to a bright, warm location in the house, such as the south-facing window or patio.
  • Ensure that the area around your Orchid is well-ventilated, and avoid placing them in areas with stagnant air.
  • Use a heat source, such as a space heater or heat mat, if the temperature is consistently low.

Similarly, Orchids also require high humidity levels between 50-70%, which can help to regulate the plant’s temperature.

  • Use a room humidifier to maintain a consistent humidity level in the indoor air.
  • Use a humidity tray to boost the humidity level around the plant.
  • Mist them occasionally in summer to increase humidity levels around the plant.

6. Encourage Dormancy

Many Orchids require a period of dormancy and ample dark time to bloom.

It conserves energy and redirects nutrients to its roots, which helps to promote healthy growth and flowering in the following season.

Therefore, prepare your plant for a few months of dormancy.

  • Reduce watering and fertilizing during the dormancy to help them conserve energy.
  • Limit the amount of light it receives to only a few hours.
  • Lower the temperature or move them to a shaded location.
  • Provide good air circulation to prevent the buildup of moisture.

From Editorial Team


Providing the right growing conditions and promptly addressing any issues can help your Orchid grow beautifully.

Alternating the fertilizer with a bloom booster after the flower appears will help your Orchid attain beautiful flowering, but it is optional.

In some cases, extensive dieback may not be able to be fully reversed, and the plant fails to recover.