Orchids -Can I trim them? - Knowledgebase Question

alpharetta, ga
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Question by ykwak
May 16, 2007
Hi, Last year we planted orchids and they only grew about 7 to 10 inches tall. As of this year, they are back; however, they are very tall about a foot and 1/2 to two feet. How do you manage the height to orchids to keep them in scale with rest of garden? Can I trim them and still get flowers to bloom? If not, how should I move these stems to a location to adapt to their height. Note, I am not a gardener and never dug plants out of the ground before, Need clarification of how to dig out roots and how far away from stem to dig. Thank you, in advance, for your prompt attention to this request. Regards, Yvette

Answer from NGA
May 16, 2007

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

I'm not sure which plant you are referring to. An orchid is a tropical flowering plant that would not live outdoors over the winter. If you mean ground orchid or Bletilla striata you can move this plant by digging and relocating it in the fall season. Just dig about 6 inches from the plant and reset them in their new location and then water them in.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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