What should I do with my flowering moth orchid?
I recently bought a moth orchid that is flowering. When the blossoms fade, do they drop off or do I have to cut them off? After blooming, does the plant enter a dormant period? What kind of fertilizer should I give my orchid?
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Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis) flowers last a long time before they dry up and drop off the stalk. When the last bloom falls, cut back the stalk to the spot just below where the first flower appeared. The orchid may send up a new flower stalk, or it may remain vegetative until next year's flowering cycle begins. Keep your orchid in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Water the plant about once a week. During times of active growth, when the plant is producing new leaves, fertilize once a month using a full-strength houseplant fertilizer solution. During the rest of the year, fertilize every 4-6 weeks using a half-strength solution.

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