The Q&A Archives: Blooming Orchids

Question: I have one of the popular small orchid plants. The info that came with it said that blooms would last up to 2 months, which mine have. But they are now dying and I have one new bud on a separate stalk. My question is: on the stalk with the dying blooms, do I need to cut the stalk back to the spot below the blooms to get it to bloom again?

Answer: For phaleaenopsis orchids (one of the more popular orchids), some growers induce a secondary flower spike by cutting above just above dormant buds that are located below the first flower on the stem. Sometimes, a small baby plant (called a keiki) will develop instead. Leave it until roots develop and then it can be removed and potted. I hope this info helps!

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