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can I cut back a Jewel orchid & restart it?

This is a discussion on can I cut back a Jewel orchid & restart it? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a Jewel orchid, it's about 17" high. I was wondering if I cut ...

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    Default can I cut back a Jewel orchid & restart it?

    I have a Jewel orchid, it's about 17" high. I was wondering if I cut the plant back & stick the stems in the soil would they grow? I was thinking it's so lanky & I wanted the plant be filled out . Is that the right way or stick the stems in water?
    It has never flowered. It's about 2 yrs. old.
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    Most don't stake them up and let them casscade down the sides of the pot.

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    didn't know that.. Thank you
    I just took the stake out & it fell, it's so long. Also the stems are stiff & looks like it will break.

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    Now that yours has a stem, don't take it away, or it will break! Let it be, it looks very good. Why do you want to cut it?
    Also, it probably needs more light, in order to bloom. Mabye that's why it grew so tall.

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    To answer the original question, I have started new plants both by sticking jewel orchid cuttings directly into the soil and by starting them in a vase of water.

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    I agree with Angie, if you want to propagate you can do it, no problem actually this species very easy to propagate no need to cut the plant back but the upper part of the stem, soon the back will produce more side shoot with healthy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabi_borza View Post
    Now that yours has a stem, don't take it away, or it will break! Let it be, it looks very good. Why do you want to cut it?
    Also, it probably needs more light, in order to bloom. Mabye that's why it grew so tall.
    Gabi is right about the light. Increase it and it will bloom. (though the blooms are not much to see - mainly the leaves are what is pretty about these orchids).

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    I would agree with Bruce, but i would also rather have it cascading. it is naturally a ground cover, so shouldnt be staked.

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    It should be super weak at the nodes and will naturally tend to break off at those points, just snap a piece off if you want and shove it back in the dirt! Given enough light, it should flower round bout Christmas time...mine goes about a month later over here for some reason...good luck! Oh and increased light will redden up the leaves a bit, dont panic, its ok!
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    I have had good luck starting cuttings in sphagnum and bagging them to keep the humidy up until they have a healthy root system. I also breath into the bag when I think about it - get some fresh carbon dioxide in there.

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