Orchid proper caring means spectacular blooming and healthy looking leaves. However, when wilted flowers occur, it means something’s going wrong. If you don’t act immediately, things might just get worse. Your orchid is able to make a full recovery but it will need your help. Here’s what you need to do:
1. First off, watering
Overwatering is the biggest problem that any potted plant is dealing with. Orchids are really pretentious when it comes to watering so you should pay close attention to how much water they need. Check the roots and see if they have a mushy texture. If they also have a dark color, you’re overwatering. The lack of water will also lead to wilted flowers. So, check the roots again and if they are dry and firm, then you are not watering enough. Orchids that live in sphagnum moss will be watered every 7 to 10 days and the ones living in bark will need water once or twice a week.
2. Flowers start wilting just after the blooming ends
In this scenario, wilting is quite normal. However, if the wilted flowers concern you, trim them off. This way, your orchid might grow new flowers from the next node.
3. Other issues you should consider
Sudden temperature change will also lead to wilted flowers. When the temperature is rapidly changing, the plant gets stressed and drops buds. Hence, place the orchid away from heating vents, air conditioners, or other sources of hot/cold air.
The ethylene gas coming from certain fruits such as apples, bananas, or grapes may also lead to wilted orchid flowers. You should also avoid placing orchids near vegetables such as avocados, potatoes, and green onions because they release this gas too.
4. Last but not least, check for pests and diseases
Orchids might be hosts of tiny aphids that attack the leaves. These little pests will also cause wilted flowers. In order to get rid of them, simply spray the plant’s leaves with water. Mites may also attack your orchid leaves. Use a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and simply remove these tiny pests by hand.