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To cut or not

Posted by FlyntFlossie none (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 30, 14 at 14:27

I am trying to grow a Phalaenopsis after a long track record of failure, and so far so good! But...

I have been reading a lot of articles about weather to cut the orchid spike or not, and I am still unsure. My orchid has dropped all its flowers, but the spike is still perfectly green and is showing no signs of browning. In addition, a new leaf has begun to grow.

Should I cut back the spike anyway to allow the leaf to grow or leave it until it begins to turn brown?


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RE: To cut or not

  • Posted by arthurm Sydney, NSW AUST (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 30, 14 at 14:47

You have asked a question that has been asked many times. If you do a search you will find many past threads on the subject.
I've included a link to a long past thread.

Here is a link that might be useful: Past thread on this subject


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RE: To cut or not

That's what I do. Cut the spike off and let the plant grow a new one in the Winter.

Jane


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I cut mine as soon as the last flower or two are wilting. I'm actually anxious to get new root and leaf growth after the flowering cycle..


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RE: To cut or not

I cut mine as soon as the last flower or two are wilting. I'm actually anxious to get new root and leaf growth after the flowering cycle..


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My opinion: always cut it.


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I like the cheap thrills of getting the plant to re-bloom quickly on the existing spike. But, since it's so late in the season (would probably spike again in the fall anyway), and because your plant is putting out a new leaf, I would probably cut it back and let it focus on the leaf growth for now.


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I decide if the plant is healthy enough to rebloom and act accordingly. It sounds like the plant is doing well, which is nice. Since it has a new leaf coming, you might as well encourage that. As for season, where I am it is still summer and I have a phalaenopsis that decided to put out a new spike, only discovered this weekend, so it's not the end of the season here anyway. A bit late, though....


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