|I received a beautiful white phalenoposis Oct. 26, 99. It lasted until mid December and then the flowers started dropping off, now all I am left with is the stem. A co-worker said I should cut the stem all the way down and keep it in a humid area of the house with a lot of light and water once a week. If I do cut the stem, how much of the stem from the top of the pot should I leave exposed if any??|
|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.|
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!