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cutting my stem

This is a discussion on cutting my stem within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, My spider orchid prematurely dropped its blooms, presumably because it was moved to ...

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    Hi everyone,
    My spider orchid prematurely dropped its blooms, presumably because it was moved to a new enviornment pretty ubruptly. anyway, I was wondering how i should cut the stem back. I know with a phal I can cut it halfway down and hope for new growth. Any hope of that with this one?
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    this isn't a pic of my actual plant, rather i yanked it from the web.
    thanks for your help.

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    Nope! (Sorry!)

    If this is the plant you have, it's an Odontobrassia (Odbrs.) Kenneth Bivin. It's a cross of an Ondontoglossum and a Brassia (aka, spider orchid) and comes under the Oncidium Alliance. Phals sometimes rebloom on a recent spike. Other genera can, as well, but are less common. Oncidiums don't. You'll just have to treat this guy lovingly and wait till next year.

    For what it's worth, I purhcased my Odbrs. Kenneth Bivin in bloom with a single spike and the next year it put up two huge spikes! It grows like a weed.

    Good luck!

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    This makes me wonder - my Celtic Frost (Masdevalia) dropped it's 3 tiny little flowers. I was concerned it was dying but it could just have been the shock of the move from a professional grower to a newbie orchid lover... the stems / stalks? are so thin and tiny. I was just reading today about trimming some back, but not sure it applies to my mini orchid...
    Should I trim them? Where? Or just leave them alone?

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