Old Stem

Old Stem


There were surprise changes this month when the two flowers on the old stem of the spotted orchid, started to show signs of dying back. Within a week they were gone.
Here is when I do prune back, as you can see I have taken off the flowering part which is now light brown and woody, and if the remainder of the stem dies back in the same way I will prune that back too. The other new stem has eight flowers on its flower head, three of which are brand new this month.
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The new miniature orchid seems to be growing alright in the same conditions as the other two.

Mini Phal

Mini Phal

The first orchid (pinky mauve) is still growing very strongly and has not lost any flowers as yet.
I have found it helps to wet the aerial roots on all of them, or mist them from time to time too, and only cut off the dead, withered ones.

My strict rule of thumb is : only remove if it is dead!


Original Phal

Original Phal

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