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cutting inflorescence

This is a discussion on cutting inflorescence within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have noticed that people who know what they are doing seem to cut the ...

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    Cinderella is offline Senior Member
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    I have noticed that people who know what they are doing seem to cut the phal inflorescence about 1 inch from the bottom when they are cutting it off, as opposed to right where it emerges from the plant.

    Can anyone tell me the reason for this?

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    It doesn't matter where you cut it, as long as you use a clean instrument. It is far more difficult to cut off a spike right flush against the plant, either with a heat-sterilized blade that can torch tissue that it comes into contact with, or a razor-sharp scalpel. And there is no need to cut them flush.

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    ooh! Another fab benefit to being an internist! You get to use scalpels on your orchids? Cool!

    I use my cooking "creme brulee" torch to sterilize my blades - but just ran out of butane! If you'd have told me what I'd really use this thing for a few years ago I'd have thought you had three heads. At least! (BTW, no, I've not yet actually *made* creme brulee with it! Benefit of managing at Williams-Sonoma= 40% discount! )

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