Hi Hannah- great site! That’s the natural cycle. I don’t know wether i should cut the stem or not. P.s. https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/fertilizing-your-new-orchid/, Let me know if you have further questions:). http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/orchid-health-bugs/, Brilliant advice, thank you. Website design by The Green Glass Pen, Two do my oldest Phalaenopsis orchids. Fertilizer – definitely helps but is not totally essential for orchids to rebloom. Trim an orchid root or stem only if it’s dry and you’re certain it’s dead, but work carefully to avoid cutting too deep and harming the plant. You only need to repot it if it’s growing out of its pot or it has been two years since it was last repotted. Hi Hannah. I removed the brown spike by cutting it off at the end/roots https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/my-orchid-wont-bloom/. Thank you Hannah , I don’t want to lose it , it was a special gift . http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/orchid-disaster/, You can always send pics to email@example.com. The rest was green. You can also cut the entire stem off at this point. All of the tips I’ve read on this page have been extremely helpful! They bloom beautifully for her. Also when it blooms again it will bloom from an entirely different spot. Your roots seem healthy. Most likely it bloom again with one stem. I have a phalenopsis orchid that I got for Mothers Day . Is it in a single or double pot? I do not water unless its super super dry. Lv 4. You want to cut the stem back, once all the blooms have fallen off, at the base. The good news is it’s growing new leaves which is awesome and a good sign that it is thriving. That’s why I cut them off to conserve energy… But you make a very valid point. Joanne Marie began writing professionally in 1981. Wait to cut the stem back on the second one till the blooms fall. Now, I have new growth on every branch, including buds, and a couple new branches. I will purchase fertilizer to start feeding them too. That is called bud blast and it can happened for a number of reasons. The under sides of the leaves are turning red. Hannah. Are there flowers still attached? Mass production of orchids in green houses force them into bloom and then ship them to stores. I read that cinnamon can help so I sprinkled some on the roots… you think that’s ok?? Must I cut the leaves or leave it. Blooms have fallen off and now am wondering when I should trim back the stem, also when should I consider cutting the keiki and repotting? Choose an orchid stem that is dying back and the flowers are fading. One of the stems had another shoot that did rebloom 1 flower. That is true. I was wondering if it would be okay to cut off both flower stalks and repot the plant while the stalks are still blooming and have unopened buds? Kalah. I’ve been reading your posts for about an hour now! If you don’t ever cut them nothing will really happened. Hi Hannah, I have a phal with two stems, they flowered for ages when I got it, and then fell. You want your orchid near a shady window. A Phalaenopsis will re-bloom regardless of whether or not you cut the dried stem off or not. 2. Great info via Michael’s Orchids. Great video, thank you! Awesome! Don’t want to chop off a whole healthy stem for one brown branch, but wouldn’t know where to cut? Do you have any insight as for how to care for this double-spike orchid? I was bought a lovely double spike phaelenopsis for valentines day and it has produced many, many lovely flowers since. 99. Great job on your other orchids! When I bought it, it was mostly buds that all opened. Please teach me to care for these beautiful plants. I have an Orchid for 6 month. You may not see a new shoot for quite sometime. I’ve truly learned so much! Or just the flower, leaving the stem? that over or underwater them and give them zero natural light. I bought a phalaenopsis orchid at walmart about 4 months ago. I give two options on cutting the stem. I’m still keeping it because the leaves are huge, beautiful and alive. 1. Just recevied my first Phal plant yesterday. And how often should I water it and use a fertilizing?”. Now, the leaves are beautiful, thick, green. I’m really new with taking care of flowers and this was my favorite one so far. Even on the brown stem. I also had an orchid as a gift that bloomed once and then the stem died. You will be able to tell pretty quickly by the color of the stem…. Now what should I do? If an orchid develops a flower spike with buds, but these slowly turn brown and die off, with the flower stem following suit and drying up, this might indicate a problem called bud blast. I have a small orchid that I bought a few months ago. I suggest watering it this way and only when it’s dry. Thank you so much for your quick, thorough response I am quite confident that it will re-bloom, at some point! You can repot it now or wait till the next bloom cycle. My one Orchid is almost done dropping it’s flowers. In my case I left it alone and it produced another bloom spike from a node right below where it have been knocked off. The instructions said an ice cube a week, but wasn’t sure if that was just when the blooms were on the orchid or if it went dormant and didn’t need to be watered once the flowers fell off. 25 blooms per box - this means that there will be 25 flower blooms per box. I have never had a double stem grow naturally. Do recyclers such as carrion consumers, fungi, bacteria, etc. I have a post on it. What is it potted in? Salts from fertilizer can also build up in the potting medium over time and may cause burning and drying of stems, so flush the pot out freely with plain water every few weeks to prevent this problem. This is a tremendous insight and help for me, so thanks! I don’t see that any roots are growing out of the pot, it has moss all around it. It’s in a decorative pot with a drainage hole as well as a plastic container. Is that where to cut it, or should it come all the way off? Sorry for all the crazy questions:). I’m too afraid to do anything that might hurt the plant. I felt panic when I saw the stem turning brown after all the blossoms had fallen off. Should I cut the stems all the way back to the leaves, cutting off the new bud that is growing or should I let it do it’s thing? that is starting to look very cramped in it’s tiny (maybe an inch and a half) diameter pot. I’m new and in my first year of growing orchids and have a question. ….in one of the stems. Apparently most of her orchids are able to grow more flowers from the dying stem. The plant is now back in its original spot and seems happy. Most of the information on here is in direct reflection of The National Orchid Society (however not endorsed by them – I am a simple housewife and mother). Meaning I water them when they get very dry. Aerial Roots Thank you! There’s a good chance you’ll harm the plant or introduce a dangerous virus. Yay!!! As long as the window is shut it will be fine. Or can I do it now even though some of the plant is trying to flower? My question is I have one plant at home that has two new orchid plants growing off two stems. They are my favorite site. I have an orchid plant with its initial shoot that has already given off two new shoots after the flowers dropped. Typically orchids bloom in the fall so it may just be off schedule. I was given an orchid and put it on the window ledge where it was exposed to steam from the slow cooker over several days. I have a great blooming orchid the I found has an colony of tiny ants. It is still alive but no flowers. You can cut the brown part off if you like. If your orchids are producing new leaves and roots then it is healthy and growing. So I think I should repot but should I do something to get the roots back into the orchid soil? You cut the orchid stems (as directed above) at the base of the orchid. I love your site! It was very helpful. I am glad that works for her. Thank you so much for this blog. I have an orchid for two years that bloomed constantly. It seems strange to cut off the beautiful, green stem. You can always send a pic to firstname.lastname@example.org, Thanks so much for the advice. This will increase the chance of another cycle of blooming from the same flower spike. Thanks heaps , Hi Can Orchids Losing Leaves Still Be Alive? One stem, flowers fell and I cut it back to the base, but whilst the other still has two flowers it has turned yellowbrown on the main stem for about 3 inches mid way, it is still green below and above including the current flowering offshoot. Thanks, Christine. This happened to me this year a well and I was so devastated. If you like you can email me at email@example.com and I can go line by line, blog post by blog post and show you how they are in accordance with other orchid websites. I have noticed new leaves coming and I have roots with the silver color coming up and out all over the place. I left the full stem over the winter after the flowers fell off. It has four very healthy, large, green leaves, and two branches that do not have any blooms on them other than the one that has two, but they still appear to be green and healthy as well. Should I cut off the spikes about the buds? You will have to wait to see how much energy it has. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/orchid-leaves-turning-yellow/. What’s it potted in? The plant sits near a space heater by the window, and I usually keep the room on the warmer side about 70-75 degrees in the winter. I have a lot of them and their stems normally are green until the flowers fall and then they turn brown. Some people like to cut only the brown part back in hopes that it may bloom again this year. Also, I was wondering if it is important to trim around the “nodes”? I’m so nervous to cut it back and find that it won’t grow another spike. Thanks in advance! It never turned brown or yellow and I have never owned one so I didn’t know you should trim them back at all. Can you send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org, Wow! Shop Plants. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/252/”. I studied your site and learned so much. You can repot it once the blooms fall if you like or you can wait a year. PLEASE help, will the stem ever grow back and rebloom ?? Thank you for the compliment on the blog! I recently repotted my first orchid(phal) according to the directions that came with the orchid.I then put it in a semi-dark room for a week. If they are completely separate then you can cut the one that is done blooming. Make sure its in a pot with a drainage hole…, Hello, I’m in Phoenix AZ, so dry air is a problem….. any tips? Hi, I have one orchid that came with 2 stems in full bloom. Love your posts. Thanks Liz. After all of its blooms fell, I repotted it, but it lost all of its stems. In the meantime, new roots have started to grow and a new leaf grew to match the other established leaves at ~6in (that was fun to watch!!). It has bloomed several times since I have had it. Is it safe to cut the stem now or should I really wait for it to turn brown? http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/root-rot/, What does the peroxide do. Her work has appeared in health, medical and scientific publications such as Endocrinology and Journal of Cell Biology. I have a post on a light requirements – it basically needs to be near a window for natural sunlight but not in direct sunlight. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/orchid-bloom-dying-naturally/ Its planted in the moss mix so i try to wait til its dry before watering. I just bought an orchid. Ever since I only spray it instead of having the water run through it because I’m scared this would recur… It seemed to do fine but now there are other stems turning yellow and drying out even though there are still closed buds everywhere! I actually ended up repotting it today with new bark after washing the pot because one root was really bad off. Orchids typically bloom once a year and in the fall. at the base of the blooms (not at the base of the plant, but up the stem!). Orchids bloom (depending on what kind you have) normally once a year for an extended time. This is my first orchid (phalaenopsis) and it was given to me by my boss and when the blooms died, fell off, and the shoot started turning brown I thought it was dying. I started getting into houseplants now. So, I know you would recommend repot and cutting back the shoot. I want to keep my plant and learn how to take care of them. I think I did the totally wrong thing and trimmed back the older branches (not the main stem) but they hadn’t turned brown (I didn’t realise that they should be). Read the post on my blog, “read this first.” It should be at the top and also my one on watering. You can always send me a picture of it at email@example.com. So I cut my two stems back and I have watered like you said! http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/orchid-disaster/ Also how long did you have it before you repotted it? What should I do? Thanks. This also helps transfer the orchids energy to growing new leaves and new roots. What should I do? I have a post on orchid leaves turning yellow – which is normally natural. At first I did it every week…but I haven’t been doing that lately because sometimes they’re still damp after a week has gone by, and I read that I should wait until they’re dried out before watering again. I don’t wait for the stem to turn completely brown. Placing a plant far from windows, doors and vents can help prevent bud blast, as can growing it on a tray filled with moist pebbles or frequently misting all its parts with water. I use the hard plastic containers from http://www.repotme.com. Did I do something wrong? And then again in about two years. Or just wait until all flowers drop and cut the whole spike? Now this ‘baby’ is the tallest out the bunch and growing stronger by the day however it now has what looks like little seedling bushes bursting out of the stem. I also say to repot every 1-3 years. The taller spike had a second stem growing off it which has competely browned off while the top is still a normal colour and the shorter spike only had the one stem and has completely browned off… My question is, should I cut both back down to the base now or just the shorter spike? http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/hello-world/, Drainage Hope you understand what I mean. Thank you so much for your informational video. Forgive me if someone already asked this… I actually have 2 orchids: I water once a week. What I should do? The seller gave me a partial refund after I told them it was rotting, so fingers crossed that it lives, but not a huge loss if it doesn’t I guess. When a new stem grows it will be from an entirely different spot. READ THIS FIRST!! Most times an orchids blooms falling early can be normal as shown here…, Orchid blooms falling off naturally There is 1 main stem and two branches (I don’t know the technical name) grow from it. FYI you probably didn’t kill your other orchid by by repotting it. My Mom was given an orchid when she was in the hospital. I just transferred it to a different pot and put new orchid soul mix in and moistened soil mix with warm water that has orchid food in it. Also, my leaves aren’t perky and have wrinkles. Please help me. Some of mine took a few years to bloom especially the ones that were not taken care of before I got them. Thanks! Where the brown meets the green but not into the green. Thanks for answering my question. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to My First Orchid with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Is there a way I can rescue these plants even if it means cutting them right back? When a new stem grows it will be from an entirely differently spot. Hi Hannah – I have been caring for my orchids using your advice and finally they seem to be turning a corner with new leaves and roots and even one with a new spike! Marie is a certified master gardener and has a Ph.D. in anatomy from Temple University School of Medicine. I bought an orchid with two spikes growing parallel. Thank you for the feedback and I hope you learn as much I have studying websites while nursing your 6 month old orchids. Should I cut the stems back? Hi there, I have two orchids that have no stems! It would make the orchid so much prettier. This helps transfer the energy. For best results, fertilize the orchid immediately after wetting its medium with plain water so that the fertilizer solution never contacts dry roots. I am noticing that all the roots look completely dried up and dead. I am also going to be repoting it as the roots are poking up out of the soil medium (which was how it was when I bought it, and didn’t know that was a sign the plant was giving me it needed to be repotted! Orchid Mixed Materials Dried & Artificial Flowers. I was really nervous about this and haven’t cut the main stem even though the tips of all 3 branches have dried. When the blooms fall off cut it back to the base. Everything you talk about will ensure everyone can have beautiful orchids, and keep them that way. You can cut back the old shoot to provide more energy… It does take a lot of energy to maintain two shoots. Hopefully you have the answer – fingers crossed! Some types of orchid pests might cause stems to look unhealthy, wilt and eventually dry up. Then, water the orchid lightly, and lift it out of its current pot. For some reason the trimming of the spike passed me by i will look at your post about keiki to see if it helps. You’re super helpful! The problem is that it has been blooming continuously since I bought it. The blooms have all fallen off now but the stem went all dried up with the little petals on it looking dry too. My Phalaenopsis orchids start producing shoots around November. There’s a new stem at the tip with 3 or 4 new buds and then on the other side of the flower blooms there’s 2 new stems/spikes that have emerged out of the nodes in the spike. Bud Blast When I brought it home, of course, it was in full bloom. You can wait to repot them until after they bloom again. I recently cut off two of the stems half an inch above the second node of each stem and then sprinkled cinnamon on them. Hi, I’ve had my orchid for about A year now. Sounds like a Keiki to me… http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/basal-keikibaby-orchid/. Your information has saved 2 of my orchids but I’m at a halt with my 3rd. They say that you only need to re-pot the plant every 1-3 yrs. I would love to help! Orchids need dapple sun. Get it as soon as Thu, Dec 3. Just watched video on cutting back dying stem to new growth node. “Option #1 – Cut the orchid stem at its base, way down by the leaves.”. Thanks for the great wordblog, it reserves so many previous guidance in it! I already cut the spike. The general rule of thumb when cutting spent flower stems or spikes from orchids is to cut them off at the base. Thanks for the help! Clear pots like the ones they come in? The overwatering cause little flies to show up as well. Your orchid pics were great! Fertilize 3 out of every 4 times. Very helpful! Hannah, I was trying to attach them to stakes and cut one off completely at the top lost about 2 inches of the brand new spike. Flowers are falling off. Also you can always email me pics of it at firstname.lastname@example.org. It probably used up a lot of its energy producing three flower spikes. They are beautiful, but I guess I didn’t know a whole lot about them because I had no idea they die off and only bloom once or possibly twice a year. Missouri Botanical Garden: Orchids -- Problems, Fiddle-Leaf Ficus Leaves With Brown Spots. Also, out of curiosity, what would happen if I just left it with the stems cut only at the brown part, leaving the green stem? The stem may only turn brown half way down the shoot or it may turn brown completely. Also make sure your orchid is potted in a pot with a drainage hole – I have a post on this. Inspect your orchid. I also have a older orchid which I think is all roots and leaves but it has a lot of roots up top. and also sat in a very cool window ledge. In this case you would want to cut it right above a node (shown below). I’ll cut the stems to the base? I had my orchid in my kitchen window and it bloomed all summer a friend told me to cut the stem back so I did to the base and it has since grown one new leaf and now started a second one but no sign of a new stem? For some types of orchids, a flower stem that dries up completely can be normal, indicating that the plant is finished blooming and ready to start a new growth cycle. “Most times an orchids blooms falling early can be normal as shown here…, Orchid blooms falling off naturally Every since I’ve had this poor thing it’s never stopped blooming. I didn’t know if it would be more beneficial for the plant to trim the parts that appear to be dying or if it’s just part of the “node.” Any help is greatly appreciated! Is it potted in a lot with a drainage hole? I am determined to get this to happen Should I cut the two stems completely off, flush to the base? Light – it needs to be placed near a window. Good Afternoon! Are there ants all over your house (or just on the orchid)? My question to you is if I should go ahead and cut the spike down to the base now? And again, we cannot thank you enough for all you do . Anyway, I just moved it from my window to under my light on my dresser because I felt as though it wasn’t getting enough sun for long enough in the day. I welcome your thoughts and advice- thanks so much! That is totally normal. Thanks in advance! Should I cut it? It’s really up to you but I like to cut them back after they have bloomed so it transfers energy to the plant. Many thanks, great site! Thank you so much in advance! I currently have the orchid in my bathroom, by my sink, not in a window, could this have something to do with it?
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