Trimming Orchid Stem - Knowledgebase Question

San Bruno, CA
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Question by freshair
December 14, 2000
I have an orchid that just flowered. Now that the blooms have fallen off, I know that I need to trim the stalk. Where exactly do I need to trim it?

Thank you!

Answer from NGA
December 14, 2000
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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