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When and The place Do I Minimize The Bloom Stem Off My Phalaenopsis Orchid?

Your phalaenopsis orchid has bloomed and the flowers have light. Now what? When and the place do you have to lower the bloom stem off your moth orchid? That could be a query I get requested usually and to be sincere, there may be a couple of reply. Let’s discuss concerning the other ways you’ll be able to trim your bloom stem.

dead orchid flowers

Spent orchid flowers which have fallen off the stem

Earlier than Photos 

The flowers are superb and are available in a myriad of colours and combos. I can’t resist them once I see them on the market. Are you able to? I could not have that coloration…… If you need extra info on the right way to look after these vegetation,  here’s a weblog submit for you.

Wait! Don’t Minimize It

Should you see, as within the photos under, that one other spike is forming, so don’t lower all the spike off till it’s carried out flowering, too. 

Minimize A few of It Off

As you’ll be able to see within the photos under, there may be one other spike coming however the prime of the unique spike is popping yellow and the flowers have dropped. Subsequently, I’m chopping the yellow half off, as it’s unattractive and when the second spike is finished, I’ll lower all the stalk off close to the bottom of the plant.

cutting an orchid

Minimize the yellowing spike off close to the brand new offshoot

The one under is able to be lower off and has been for some time. Oops! 

Orchid flower spike

This flower spike is totally useless and so might be lower

A Few Opinions

Okay, right here is the place it turns into controversial, at the least in keeping with my Instagram submit once I lower the flower spike utterly off. Some individuals weren’t proud of me and stated I ought to have left it for extra blooms, but it surely was yellowing which wasn’t obvious on my video, so I lower it off. Others informed me I ought to have lower it above a decrease node to stimulate one other flower spike to develop and one particular person even informed me they bloom on the previous spikes which is true of some orchids, however not phalaenopsis.

Studying from specialists

Reducing your orchid above a node is a fantastic factor to do, however after watching an orchid demonstration at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Sq., PA, the place they develop 1,000s of orchids, I made a decision to chop my flower stalks as I used to be proven on the demonstration. They defined that once you lower the spike clear to the underside of the plant, you might be permitting the plant to place all its power into rising new roots and leaves to provide it extra power for subsequent 12 months’s show of flowers. It makes full sense to me. Form of like chopping off aglaonema flowers. Under are photos of nodes on the flower spike and they’re the swollen areas on the in any other case easy spike. 

The Node Reducing Method and Which Node

Many individuals thought I ought to have lower the spike above a node to get one other spherical of blooms. However which node? There are two colleges of thought on that topic. One is that you just lower it proper above the second node from the plant as you’ll be able to see within the left image. (It’s onerous to see however there may be one other node under the one I’m pointing to.) The second thought is that it ought to be lower a bit above the node that’s the first one under the place the primary blossom appeared, as in the precise image. Moth orchids bloom from backside to prime.

What Occurs Then?

In case you are fortunate, after chopping it above one of many nodes, the plant will ship out one other bloom stalk. Some are of the opinion that by doing that you’re forcing the plant to bloom itself presumably “to dying”. Now, if you’re merely utilizing your orchid for a “bouquet” of flowers, then preserve it blooming for so long as attainable. Many individuals compost an orchid after it’s carried out blooming or in my case, individuals hand them off to me as a result of I can’t say no to a plant. My husband has even intervened at church and tried to provide the orchid to anybody else. It by no means works. (I’ve seen loads of poor orchids that SHOULD be composted in places of work and companies…) Nevertheless you resolve to chop your bloom stalk and it really works for you, then do it.

Hold It Clear

After I lower this flower spike off the primary time, I ought to have lower it as near the plant as attainable. Lifeless stems are a terrific place for illness to start out or bugs to cover, which isn’t an excellent factor. Watch out of the roots and leaves when trimming them down. 

All Cleaned Up

Under is an image of every thing I cleaned up off the plant. There may be the yellowing flower spike, the previous flower spike I lower nearer to the plant, and a few flowers. You need to preserve any useless components cleaned up off the plant and potting medium so illness and bugs might be saved at bay. Bugs would love to cover below an previous flower or in a lower flower spike or illness may begin in these areas. It’s all the time greatest to maintain plant particles cleaned up. 

Orchid debris

Right here is every thing I lower or cleaned up off the plant


The purpose is, do what works for you. Not every thing that works for me will give you the results you want as our expertise is totally different and our rising situations, too. Have enjoyable along with your vegetation and luxuriate in them nevertheless you select to deal with them. All of your vegetation ask is simply to please deal with them the perfect you’ll be able to.

Have a terrific week, plant mates! 



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