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need professional stump removal!

Posted by greentoe357 7b NYC under lights (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 1:39

The look of old spike stumps often bothers me, I have to say. They grow from waaaay deep in there in-between the leaves, and cutting one inevitably leaves an ugly dry stump sticking out like a sore thumb.

I was dividing this Miltonidium recently and cleaning up the dry dead stuff both above and bellow ground. The leaf covering this stump was dead, so that was out. Then I pulled on the stump and made this rip in the pseudobulb, and that looks like live tissue in there. The stump is gone, but now I have an increased risk of infection, so this can't be right.

So, how / where do you cut spent spikes to minimize the ugliness?

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RE: need professional stump removal!

With another orchid, this happened. I wanted to cut it low, so the stump would be hidden in the leaf fold. Great, mission accomplished! :-/

RE: need professional stump removal!

Just need to wait longer. When you pull on dead stuff don't pull too strong. Take what comes out easy. If there is resistance leave it be for another month or 2.

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