The Q&A Archives: Broken Orchid Stems

Question: I have an orchid plant and one of the shoots broke off the main plant. It was just beginning to bud, so I put it in water; it seems as though it's going to flower, because I can see more of the flower's color now than when it was attached to the main plant. My question is will it actually flower, and if it does, what do I do -- plant it?

Answer: Some orchids can indeed be propagated from top cuttings, so yours might take if you pot it in orchid mix. However, orchids also make phenomenally long lasting cut flowers, so it is not surprising that it is lasting well in water. You might experiment and see what happens by enjoying the flower and then trying to keep the stem alive, but I wouldn't be too disappointed if it doesn't work out.

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