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Newbie questions about bloom drop!

Hello my fellow orchid geeks!
Recently I've been given a moth or Phalaenopsis orchid. From the information I've gathered it seems fit to water it once a week and use a small humidity tray underneath. My orchid lives on the sill of a small window in my apartment, it only gets indirect sunlight through my shears.
I'm not sure if my orchid is in shock due to the new environment but it's begun losing its blooms. It's lost two already and another one is now drooping. I was wondering if this was normal for an orchid that's recently moved, and what other advice you more experienced folks could give me.
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If it is the lower blooms, they might just be fading from the passage of time. The orchid may have been in bloom for a while before coming into your possession.
Blooms are sensitive to being too close to a heating vent or being in the line of a cold draft (such as air conditioning or an open door in winter) so you do want to avoid these two things. Your roots and leaves look great so at least that isn't the problem.
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As Leafmite says, it may be normal bloom drop, perhaps hastened by the change in circumstances that is inevitable when a plant is moved from nursery to home. I notice that there are no buds that are unopened, so it was in full bloom when you got it (I assume) and you cannot tell how long it had been blooming. The plant looks healthy, so enjoy the blooms as long as they last and then repot in new medium to increase your chances of more blooms coming along next year. If it were my plant, I would cut the bloom spikes off when they are done to encourage the plant to adapt to its new home and promote growth.
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