Blooming Orchids - Knowledgebase Question

Shreveport, LA
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Question by peeplesdiana
April 24, 2001
I have one of the popular small orchid plants. The info that came with it said that blooms would last up to 2 months, which mine have. But they are now dying and I have one new bud on a separate stalk. My question is: on the stalk with the dying blooms, do I need to cut the stalk back to the spot below the blooms to get it to bloom again?

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2001
For phaleaenopsis orchids (one of the more popular 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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