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Cut back Oncidium Spikes?

This is a discussion on Cut back Oncidium Spikes? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, My mini oncidium 'red stars' has finished blooming; do you recommend that I ...

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    Question Cut back Oncidium Spikes?

    Hi all,

    My mini oncidium 'red stars' has finished blooming; do you recommend that I cut the spikes back? They look a bit silly at the moment with no blooms :-(

    Thanks!
    ~Rebecca

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    I usually do.
    You can leave them until they turn brown .

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    The plant is done with them, so I cut them off to tidy things up. It does seem to help me to leave a bit of a stub so you can tell which pbulbs have already bloomed.

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    cut it off with sterile scissors or it let it turn brown and cut/snap it off.......

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    Yes cut it off. Some wait for them to turn brown, but the bloomless spikes seem really depressing to me and take up lots of space. I just cut them off with a clean razor blade about 1/2 of an inch above the PB.

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