How To Revive A Dying Orchid?

There is no shadow of doubt in the fact that orchids are the most beautiful flowers. There are over 300 species of orchids differing in color, size and optimal conditions for growth. For orchids to be grown indoors or in the backyard, the conditions have to match its natural habitat. This explains why more often not most orchids end up dying. Well, in this post we shall review the various ways on how to revive a dying orchid.

Understanding the basics of orchids

Chances are that, if you are reading this, you precious orchid(s) is not in good condition. Probably deteriorating in health and almost dying. Orchids are delicate plants, one wrong move and the next day it starts to deteriorate.

As mentioned earlier, there are over 300 species of orchids. They grow in different habitats and it is important that one understands the species you are growing at home. This will prove useful in ensuring that you provide optimal conditions for the growth of the orchid.

The following is on average the optimal condition for the growth of healthy orchids at home.

  • Requires bright indirect sunlight
  • Optimal humidity ranging between 40-60%
  • Optimal temperatures ranging between 50-90 degrees F

Signs that an orchid is dying

The earlier you realize that your orchid needs to be revived, the higher the chances or recovery. Learning how to revive a dying orchid is one side a dice, what are the signs you should be on the lookout for to tell that an orchid is dying?

  • Most orchids are light green in color with yellow patches, the stem is green. One of the signs that an orchid is dying is that the stem and leaves starts to turn yellow. This is at the expense of losing the rich luster green color.
  • If this is not detected early the next stage is shedding of leaves
  • Sometimes the leaves start folding from the edges
  • The leaves may turn brownish in color and the stems stop blooming.

Often mistakes made when diagnosing an orchid

There are some orchid species that stop blooming for a given period of time. This should not be mistaken as a dying orchid. This is just a cycle and the orchid will bloom after flowering.

Natural dormancy is often mistaken for a dying orchid and we can all understand why. In natural dormancy, the plant stops blooming and some shed some leaves. It is important to note that during this period the stem remains healthy.

Signs of life in an orchid

Sometimes the situation might get out of hand and you can’t certainly tell whether there is life in the orchid or not. The following are signs that there is life in an orchid.

There is a difference between a drying orchid and a dead one. You can only revive what is still alive. The following are sights that your orchid is still alive:

  • If the stem is still green then the orchid is still alive and can be revived.
  • Inspect the roots, if they are brown and mushy it means that the orchid is dead, contrary, if the stem is pale and firm then the orchid is alive.

Guide on how to revive a dying orchid

Here comes the long-awaited cake, a guide on how to revive a dying orchid. To begin with, to revive an orchid, the right diagnosis has to be made. Here is a guide on how to go about it:

1. Hydrate the orchids

One of the obvious reasons that could be making the orchids to die is due to lack of moisture. With orchids you have to hit the balance between too much water and what is enough. If the water is too much, this will make the roots rot. On the other hand, inadequate water will dehydrate the plant.

To revive and orchid dying due to dehydration, it should be watered. Ideally, a drip tray should be placed on the bottom of the pot to retain maximum moisture. It is important to note that only tepid water should be used. This ought to be done once every two days for a week.

2. Relocate the orchid

For optimal growth, orchids require bright indirect sunlight. A dying orchid can be revived simply by relocating it to a better strategic location. Too much sunlight will dehydrate the orchid and the immediate notable effect would be the leaves turning pale and yellow. Eventually, the leaves will fold and the plant will die. Lack of enough sunlight will have the orchid turn dark green loosing is sparkle of beauty.

Relocate the orchid to a location where there is enough sunshine. The sun ought not to be direct while at the same time it should not be in a shade.

3. Add some fertilizer

Orchids are just like any other plant out there, they need nutrients. This can be supplemented by adding some fertilizer. It is however recommended that only organic fertilizer be used. Most chemical fertilizers don’t go well with most orchid species.

4. Re-potting

This is where it gets sensitive. Orchids should be repotted at least once every three months; otherwise the roots will fold and rot. Unlike most plants, orchids don’t grow on soil. To repot, high quality potting mixture is required. It can contain the following as the ingredients perlite, peat moss and bark.

Why is it necessary to repot?

  • To give room to accommodate the growth of roots.
  • Improve aeration allowing the roots to breath

How to repot?

  1. 1
    Ensure that you have the ideal potting mixture suitable for the growth of the particular orchid.
  2. 2
    Prepare a buck that is twice the size of the pot, put in the mixture then add boiled water. Leave it overnight.
  3. 3
    Strain the mixture then sanitize it using disinfectants
  4. 4
    Remove overgrown, rotten and dried roots
  5. 5
    You are now read to repot


There you have it on how to review a dying orchid. There is nothing holding you back now. Give the post some thumbs up if you find it useful.

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