So, you had your 5th anniversary and got an Orchid plant from your in-laws. It was beautiful and lasted maybe a month to a month and a half, and then the petals on the flowers slowly fell off. You faithfully watered but to no avail. The flowers were gone. Fear not, I learned the answer to keep them going for well over a year. Here’s how!

You have to water the plants once a week. To put in the right amount of water use ice cubes from the fridge. 3 ice cubes for each plant once a week. After the flowers fall off get some orchid fertilizer. The fertilizer I use is called Orchid Food by Schultz but there are probably many brands all the same. The instructions are on it and you put the required amount in water, as per instructions. You now have fertilizer in the water. Every second week put in the fertilizer water in the plants  and every second week put in the 3 ice cubes. Do not put in fertilizer two weeks in a row. Remember use 1/3 cup of fertilizer water only every second week. In a month to a month and a half you will get new buds on your plant shortly followed by flowers. Now you know why the florist does not tell you what to do. He wants to sell new plants.

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.


  • Murray,
    Thank you! I have been looking for a product to encourage second blooms on the orchids I buy. I seem to have poor luck with my orchids and though I knew about the 3 ice cube trick, I never had a recipe to encourage second blooms. I will give it a try as I have a lovely orchid (bought in October 2017) that is just about to give up the ghost here and this time I am determined to enjoy it longer than the florist would have thought possible!
    Seems it is available at Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.283-g-orchid-food.1000164488.html


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