Orchid Maintenance - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Timothy Michel
New Philadelphia, OH
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Question by timkam
April 23, 2000
My husband and I are VERY new to orchid gardening and have a question that we can't find an answer to. After the orchid is done blooming, do you cut off the stem that the flowers were on? Not the plant part, just the stem with the flowers.

I think the plant will shoot up another stem when it is ready to bloom again. My husband thinks it blooms on the same stem. Please help.

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2000
Orchids are some of the most popular and rewarding houseplants! There are many, many kinds, each with different requirements, but here are some general care tips for orchids: They like daytime temperatures of about 70F degrees in the summer, 60F in the winter, and a drop of ten degrees at night. Cool nights are important. Give them bright light, 10-15 hours each day. Supplement with artificial light in the winter time. Keep the potting medium moist, but reduce the frequency of watering during the winter months. Mist the leaves occasionally. Keep them out of drafts and shade them from direct sunshine. When the flower is spent, cut back just the old flower and leave the rest of the stem alone. Your orchid will bloom again from shoots off the old stem. Enjoy your new orchid!

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