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

Your phalaenopsis orchid has bloomed and the flowers have pale. 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’s multiple reply. Let’s speak in regards to the other ways you may trim your bloom stem.

dead orchid flowers

Spent orchid flowers which have fallen off the stem

Earlier than Footage 

The flowers are superb and are available a myriad of colours and mixtures. I can’t resist them after I see them on the market. Are you able to? I could not have that colour…… If you’d like extra data on the right way to take care of these crops,  here’s a weblog publish 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 your entire spike off till it’s executed flowering, too. 

Minimize A few of It Off

As you may see within the photos under, there’s one other spike coming. The highest of the unique spike is popping yellow and the flowers have dropped so, I’m slicing the yellow half off, as it’s unattractive. When the second spike has flowered, I’ll lower your entire 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, a minimum of in response to my Instagram publish wherein I lower the flower spike utterly off. Some individuals weren’t pleased with me and mentioned I ought to have left it for extra blooms. It was yellowing which wasn’t clear 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.  One other commented that they bloom on the previous spikes that are true of some orchids, however not phalaenopsis.

Studying from specialists

Chopping your orchid above a node is a high quality factor to do, however I made a decision to chop my flower stalks to the underside after watching an orchid demonstration by Longwood Gardens orchid specialists. Once you lower the spike clear to the underside of the plant, you’re permitting the plant to place all its power into root and leaf development for subsequent 12 months’s flower show. It makes full sense to me. Form of like slicing off aglaonema flowers. Beneath are photos of nodes on the flower spike.

The Node Chopping Manner 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 faculties of thought on that topic. One is that you just lower it proper above the second node from the plant as you may see within the left image. (It’s onerous to see however there’s one other node under the one I’m pointing to.) The second thought is to chop it a bit above the primary node under the place the primary blossom appeared, as in the correct image. Moth orchids bloom from backside to high.

What Occurs Then?

In case you are fortunate, after slicing 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  “to loss of life”. Now, in case you are utilizing your orchid for a “bouquet” of flowers, then hold it blooming for so long as potential. Many individuals compost an orchid after it’s executed 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 present the orchid to anybody else. It by no means works. (I’ve seen quite a lot of poor orchids that SHOULD be composted in workplaces and companies…) Nevertheless you resolve to chop your bloom stalk and it really works for you, then do it.

Preserve It Clear

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

All Cleaned Up

Beneath is an image of all the things I cleaned up off the plant. There’s the yellowing flower spike, the previous flower spike I lower nearer to the plant, and a few flowers. You wish to hold any useless elements cleaned up off the plant and potting medium so illness and bugs might be stored at bay. Bugs would love to cover underneath an previous flower or in a lower flower spike or illness might begin in these areas. It’s all the time greatest to maintain plant particles cleaned up. 

Orchid debris

Right here is all the things I lower or cleaned up off the plant


The purpose is, do what works for you. Not all the things that works for me will give you the results you want as our expertise is completely different and our rising circumstances, too. Have enjoyable together with your crops and luxuriate in them nevertheless you select to deal with them. All of your crops ask is simply to please deal with them one of the best you may.

Have a fantastic week, plant buddies! 



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