Orchid Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
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Question by cfish55
November 1, 2010
I have two very old orchid trees that have gone through several hurricanes in the past and are beginning to show signs of distress. What signs should I look for to know when it's time to bring out the saw and replace them? After speaking with someone from a nursery I put fumgicide/fertilizer around them a month ago. I see no noticeable improvement?

Answer from NGA
November 1, 2010
All living things eventually die. Your orchid tree should grow and remain healthy for 20-25 years. Hurricane damage can shorten its life but to what degree is difficult to predict. You might try pruning your tree back. Pruning encourages new growth - as long as the roots are healthy. If the new growth is pale or puny looking, it may be time to replace your orchid trees.

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