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Thoughts on cutting Inflorescence?

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    All of my new vandas and vandacious orchids are putting out new root except for the one that has blooms. I like the blooms but would rather it put out roots before winter sets in. It is sitting in the basket but has no root anchors as of yet. So what would y'all do, cut or don't cut?

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    It takes energy to put out blooms. Cutting off the spike will allow that energy to go back to plant production.

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    I agree with Bruce. If you want the plants energy to go into roots, cut that spike. If you would like to enjoy the flowers still, find a small vase and fill with warm tap water and one pinch of regular table sugar. Every three or four days, remove flower spike and replace the water in the vase with fresh warm water and a small pinch of sugar. But always check the bottom of the spike. If it is turning brown and mushy, cut an inch off so the spike can continue pulling water and sugar up. Your flowers should last two or three weeks with this method.

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    I cut it. Most of the flowers were looking ratty, I stuck the spike in one of my house plants, kinda cute there. I did find one new root bud while cutting the spike and other dry/dead roots. Now it can put its energy into that root and hopefully some new ones. Thanks y'all.

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