caring for a hong kong orchid - Knowledgebase Question

Wilton Manors, Fl
Question by bucaty
March 13, 2010
I just found a very leggy hong kong orchid buried under a nother plant. It has 4-5 long stalks with very few leaves, but each one has a few blooms on it. How should I prune it back and what kind of fertilizer should I use to help it along?

Answer from NGA
March 13, 2010


It's leggy because it hasn't been getting enough light. If you can prune back or remove the plants that are shading it, it will thicken up and develop healthy new leaves. You may not have to prune at all. If it doesn't respond as well as you think it should, Wait until after it has finished blooming and prune each of the stalks back by about a third. This should force new growth below the pruning cuts.

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