Cut Orchid Flower Spike after Blooming? - Knowledgebase Question

Castle Rock, CO
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Question by jspfeiffer
October 3, 1999
Do I trim the stalk after my orchid plant stops blooming?

Answer from NGA
October 3, 1999
Most growers cut back the flower stalk (called inflorescence) after blooming to allow the plant to rest. The belief is that the next flower spike will be stronger.

You didn't mention what type of orchid you have. For phaleaenopsis 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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