When I moved into my apartment in August 2008, I found this orchid plant. It had slightly shriveled leaves and not a blossom in sight. I unearthed it from a dark kitchen cupboard next to the washing machine and considered throwing it away. But I didn’t. I combed the internet and tried various misting, fertilizing, and light techniques. But nothing, not a sign of a flower spike. So I stopped misting and fertilizing — in fact, I practically stopped watering the stubborn thing.
But then, sometime in December — over a year after I found it — the plant started throwing out a flower spike. And just a few days ago, it bloomed! It now has two lovely purple flowers and several buds. Turns out, after all my fussing, what it really wanted was neglect.