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where to cut orchid spike

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    Question where to cut orchid spike

    Can you clear up a question I have had about my orchid? I have a phalenopthis that we got in bloom last year. After the bloom I was unsure how far to cut it back. I decided doing the least cutting might get me a 2nd bloom-and it did. After that I cut it back minimally. I now have 2 places on the stem where I have leaf growth. They are growing VERY SLOWLY. There's inches of stem past them, maybe an 1 1/2 between them and probably about 3 inches between the plant and the first sprout. Should I cut this back all the way? And maybe put these in medium with prayers? The plant is putting out new leaves on the plant itself. I was told to give 1/4 strength fertilizer at every watering-that is what I have been doing. I have been happy it has not died yet as several others have. We heat with wood and sometimes it gets a little chilly inside. Maybe I will try putting a big bag over in the evening to maintain the warmth.
    Oh well-What do you think?
    Kathy

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    Dear Kathy, if you could post a picture it would really help. Sometimes the terminology isn't enough to really tell us what you need.
    As they say, a pic is worth a thousand words!
    Good luck, Remo

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    A photo of your orchid would help us be more specific, Kathy. It sounds like you need to cut the old spike off and let the plant have a rest. If the two leaves on the spike do not have roots of their own, they are not baby plants and will not survive once the spike is removed from your plant. But, post up a photo of this orchid and let us take a look to make sure.

    Cheers,
    BD

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