The Q&A Archives: Orchids

Question: My orchids have been blooming nicely since October but last month, the stem that held the blooms, started to dry out and shrivel up. What should I do - the leaves are continuing to grow? Is this a phase? Should I cut the old stem and will a new one appear. Those green roots, should they be covered with the soil or exposed? Help, please

Answer: Sounds like you are doing everything right. When the stem begins to shrivel, cut it off near the foliage level (to hide the little stump until it falls off on its own). Your plant will rest for a while and then send up a new flower stem. The aerial roots should be left alone. They are part of the character of terrestial plants such as orchids and add interest to your plant.

Continue to give your orchid excellent care and it will reward you with new flowers later in the year.


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