The aerial roots and leaves look great besides the black speckles and the plant is producing 2 bloom spikes. Thanks. I will send you a picture, and I would really appreciate your feedback. The ant business is a problem though. The young spike is currently trying to bloom two baby buds that ive identified and i want them to bloom. Thank you! Thanks for the site it’s very informative . Wish me luck! Hopefully you have the answer – fingers crossed! It originally had two spikes, one which eventually died and I cut back. Just remove it from the decorative pot (if it is in one) and don’t put it back in. Do you trim orchid stems? My orchid has new growth lower on the shoot. What do you suggest I do about trimming? I have been caring for my first orchid – a lovely store-bought Phal – that I have recently transferred into an appropriate pot, with new bark, and started a feeding cycle. produces a flower stem at the end of each of its leafy canes. I am not an expert but I would assume it would be eaten by other wildlife and also naturally decompose. I cut of some of the dying of shoots for the first time ever after finding your blog so hoping that will not kill it. FYI you probably didn’t kill your other orchid by by repotting it. If there are still buds then just leave it alone. Hopefully yours will have enough energy to do produce another spike from that spike. 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. After reasonable success with my dozen orchids, people are bringing me their sick ones. Is it possible to send me a picture? Hi Hannah, thanks for your advice back in June. Use orchid mix that is specific to your orchid and pot it up one size – orchids like to be snug. Shoulf i go ahead and cut back the spikes to replenish the leaves that look like theyre rotting to conserve its energy? That’s the natural cycle. at the base of the blooms (not at the base of the plant, but up the stem!). I am going to cut and past some of your questions to help keep then separate –, “The ‘stems’ are less than an inch from the base and are brown and dried up [like hard sticks] but no signs of new growth and no new stems.”. How to water If you google pictures of orchids you should be able to tell what kind it is by the leaves. I have been raising orchids for about three years now and have had excellent luck. One of the stems had another shoot that did rebloom 1 flower. PLEASE help, will the stem ever grow back and rebloom ?? On one stem there is what looks like a tiny green bud at the end but it doesn’t seem to be growing. Orchids typically bloom once a year so you may have to wait till fall for them to sprout. I’ve truly learned so much! The pseudobulb is a thickened stem at the base of each growth. JOhn. One Orchid I have at work has had 28 blooms on it since May. Thank you. 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? I never cut back the stem on my orchid. I do not water unless its super super dry. Yes it’s safe to cut the stem back now and that is usually how I do it. Thank you, for the article. What Are the Causes of Bud Blast on the Phalaenopsis? Phals are a good start – I have found them to be the easiest. Charlie. Hi Hannah- great site! But the other ” fork” still have really healthy flowers. Mealybugs can also injure and eventually destroy stems. They say that you only need to re-pot the plant every 1-3 yrs. Lv 4. It was very helpful. Should I cut the two stems completely off, flush to the base? When and where do I cut it to make it rebloom again? Just recevied my first Phal plant yesterday. The orchid entered into its resting period, so I trimmed it once all the blooms fell off. I was really nervous about this and haven’t cut the main stem even though the tips of all 3 branches have dried. What if there’s a node with a secondary spike? The one long stem had beautiful bloom’s on it but after about a monththe bloom’s fell completely off and after the long stem begin turning yellow, then brownish I completely had to cut it down to the base. Are there leaves growing off the stems? If your orchid has nodules on the flower stem, cut the stem 1/4 inch above one of the leaf-like bumps. Hello! This way the orchid can focus on growing new leaves and new roots in preparation for new blooms later. It has been so cold here in the Midwest – 17 degrees currently without the windchill. I now have a new stem growing from the second node from the base, with so far 4 tiny blooms appearing. However, after ready many of your wonderful articles I have to say your advice is spot on-you get everything right as far my own experience with orchids go! Very sad. Great post, Hannah! However, hasn’t turned to a dead, dry paler brown like its two flower stems did last year. Most blue orchids are dyed that color so you may experience it blooming white next time. It took roughly 5 months to grow a new spike and bloom. my mil has a lot of orchids and she takes very good care of them. But them stem turned all the way brown. Jacquie, Hi, All of the tips I’ve read on this page have been extremely helpful! After keiki started forming plant continued to flower. First, cut back any dead stalks, leaving about 1 inch (2.5 cm). I would love to help! Water orchids once each week with a weak fertilizer solution, such as a 20-20-20 formula diluted to half strength, or 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of water. All of them are actually current and up to date. I have heard of orchids doing that – so awesome. Thank you for the information you provided above. Have I killed it. https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/the-importance-of-humidity/, How to make humidity trays When the last flower was shriveling up, it started turning brown So I guess some spikes are brown and turn (…could be anything) colour and some spikes are green and turn brown. I’d like some advice and an opinion please and thank you !! I repot it again and try to fertilize it. Just a quick thank you for this site. Did I do something wrong ? Orchids don’t like a lot of “room to grow.” In nature they are clinging to trees etc and are in very tight spaces. I dont want to kill these beautiful plants!! Make sure its in a pot with a drainage hole…, Hello, https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/fertilizing-your-new-orchid/, Let me know if you have further questions:). It was probably suffering from being overwatered and then transported to a store with no natural light. That’s wonderful! I will buy True Cinnamon for my orchids. I felt exactly the same way when I started caring for orchids six years ago! It is really a matter of choice. I have a moth orchid that I got a couple of months ago. P.p.s Both spikes are pointing in completely opposite directions. If you don’t have this then that’s ok. Let me know if you have further questions. Thank you for the sweet compliment. It looks like black wood chips as the material instead of soil. Were they not new blooms? Cutting the stems back help to switch its energy to the plant itself. 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. Most of the articles though show keiki growth at the base near parent plant not at the top of the bloom stem. I have links on fertilizer, light requirements if you need them on the blog. Please help. My orchid has always thrived, until recently. Thanks, I tried twice to grow orchads from a starter stem and potted it myself and did neither one grew or even greened up. My orchid at home has rebloomed & has sprouted “air roots” (?) John, Sorry, the stem dies back and turns red. One part of the ” fork” is turning brown with no flowers on it anymore ( it did have quite healthy flowers earlier). Orchids like being in clear pots with lots of airflow. To cut the dead stem, hold the sheath together with the stem and cut through them both. 90 sold. Is that where to cut it, or should it come all the way off? Orchids like air flow and clear pots also help with photosynthesis. I purchased a beautiful Phalaenopsis this summer in full bloom, and the blooms recently fell off. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/orchid-disaster/, You can always send pics to myfirstorchid@gmail.com. Like repotting after you cut the spike. Can you send me a picture at myfirstorchid@gmail.com, Wow! Thanks for answering my question. This is very helpful and well written. Orchid’s Stem Turning Red, Yellow, or Brown. China Dried Orchid, China Dried Orchid Suppliers and Manufacturers Directory - Source a Large Selection of Dried Orchid Products at dried flowers,dried fish,spray dried … Or should I wait til the blooms all fall off of the second stem too, and then cut both stems back at the same time? Thanks so much Hannah! Click & Collect. My Orchid lost it blooms in feb, It since has grown 2-3 big leaves and now notice it growing off the old spikes with buds. However, of all the orchid species only Phalaenopsis will grow shoots off the same stem when the stem is cut above a nod or eye. FagusHome 31" Artificial Silk Phalaenopsis Flowers 4Pcs with 2 Bundles Leaves Artificial Orchid Flowers Stem Plants in White Fake Butterfly Phalaenopsis Flowers for Home Wedding Party Décor. https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/orchid-disaster/. I’m assuming with this new growth that the flowers will start to die soon? You can cut back any part above it that is either brown or not budding. Can anyone tell me what this is? When you hear the terms “single spike” and “double spike,” this refers to the bloom pattern of the orchid species. It dropped flowers once but then immediately started forming new buds on that flower stalk and sent up a second one a few weeks later. I put some cinnamon on the wounds. Before reading your site I was hesitant to cut the stem and to repot, it seems counterintuituve, but now I understand. Very helpful! Thanks If not then you should water it this way and only when dry, I don’t want to be rude or disrespectful to the person who writes this blog, but I have several issues with some things she recommends. I would cut the blood stem down to the base because when it blooms again (sends up a new spike) it will be from an entirely different spot on the orchid. Click that link and it will show you what to do. I already cut the spike. Once I cut back the stems & repot my orchid plant should I water the same as I had when the plant was not in the resting stage? basically you push your finger or a wooden stick/pencil down into the soil and check for moisture. I have since re-potted it into a clear plastic cup with good drainage holes and used a bark based orchid soil. I began to believe that orchads were indeed just too delicate for me to care for. Hi Hannah, one of my orchids I’ve had for at least 5 years. Yes I would cut the spike back and don’t water it till it’s completely dry. It needs to be watered year round because it’s a plant and needs nutrients and water. The ‘stems’ are less than an inch from the base and are brown and dried up [like hard sticks] but no signs of new growth and no new stems. 2. No the spots are not normal. I have a small orchid that I bought a few months ago. 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? Mass production of orchids in green houses force them into bloom and then ship them to stores. This was an anniversary present so it means a lot to me and I don’t want it to die! Great blog you have here. So you repotted it while it’s in bloom? I’m hesitant to cut such a healthy, growing stem. These white, cottony insects collect in leaf and bud axils, and are best destroyed by dabbing them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Blooms stopped and I miss my baby. One of my older Phal’s always shocks me by having flowers that last 10-11 months each year!! I don’t see that any roots are growing out of the pot, it has moss all around it. I am hoping you might be able to help. I see a new leaf today but still there is no stem. I have an orchid (present)which has been flowering for about 4 months. I feel like I am stunting the new shoot by keeping the old ones as I assume it takes a great deal of energy to maintain both. Forgive me if someone already asked this… I actually have 2 orchids: Orchids typically bloom once a year and in the fall. (Pot has drainage and is fortunately clear. Orchid blooms falling off pretty soon after you get them is normal as shown here… Can you send me a picture with this comment to myfirstorchid@gmail.com? I read once there are a few out there like this. Thanx for being there for us myfirstorchid! Orchids typically bloom once a year. According to orchid experts, you should definitely not remove the roots. Should I cut back to the root? Healthy orchids can still have keiki, I think. Sometimes an orchid has enough energy or produce another spike but doesn’t have the energy for blooms. That is true. The pot it’s in now is larger and it seems like there is plenty or growing room for the Orchid. Light – it needs to be placed near a window. The other spike, still the original one the plant came with, never dies, and has continued over the years to grow a spike or bloom from it, with lots of flowers. I had an indoor plant book that I read and reread for insight into what might be causing my lovely orchad to die and it told me nothing! It looks very healthy and has been blooming now for around a month and a half but I just noticed last week it’s starting to grow new stem pieces off of the spike. Does it have a drainage hole? It is honestly up to you. Thanks again! 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. As long as you are watering it correctly and your orchid has proper drainage then it will eventually bloom. It seems that the plant matter growing around them is dead? It sounds like a keiki. It seems the stems where I cut them are turning brown past the cuts. The problem is that it has been blooming continuously since I bought it. It could spike again… If you live where it’s getting cool at night – you can crack a window and give it some lower temperatures and it may “cue” it to spike. The flowers are just as large as the initial bloom. Clear pots help with photosynthesis and you can also see the root structure through them. Assuming that the plant is using alot of energy maintaining both spikes, i was wandering if i should cut the older spike back to the base. You can repot it once the blooms fall if you like or you can wait a year. Phalaenopsis or moth orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.) For other orchid varieties, cut the entire stem off as close to the potting media as possible. I had no idea what I was doing and there wasn’t a lot of helpful information for beginners on the internet. https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/how-to-make-a-humidity-tray/. 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