It is in an office and would like to know if there is anything I can do to nuture it.
I have an orchid plant that lost its petals, however it has sprouted some tiny buds.?
A bud where there used to be a flower? Or a whole collection of new buds on a new stalk.
The first case would be a young fruit -- pick those off, as they'll take a lot of the reserves the plant has.
For the second case, you need to figure out what sort of orchid you might have, and then can figure out best care for the plant.
Reply:Sounds like you have a Phalaenopsis orchid. Big, round, white flowers with yellow centers. They are also called moth orchids. There are some varieties that have purlple or lavender-colored blooms. Phals are one of the most easily available orchids and are relatively easy to care for.
Phals grow flower spikes with four or five blooms on them. When the blooms fall off, it is not unusual for a new flower spike to appear at the point where the lowest of the blooms used to be. If this is the case, trim the old spike to about 1/2 inch above the node where the new spike is growing, and in a few months the plant will bloom again. This can be repeated as long as there are nodes on the spike.
It is also common for this type of orchid to grow a new little plant on a spike. Wait until it has two decent-sized leaves. By then it should also have some aerial roots. Plant it in mulch, similar to how your original plant is potted. Now you have two plants!
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