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New to Phalaenopsis Orchid, need some help.

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    Default New to Phalaenopsis Orchid, need some help.

    Hi all,

    I am new to Orchids and have 2x Phalaenopsis Orchids. I have 1 with 1 stem (with flowers) and another with 2 stems. 1 with no flower at all and the other with flowers. The 1 with flowers about a month ago I cut the tip side ways in order to get more flowers but until now nothing. Should I cut it from the bottom? If yes how should I cut it please?

    I am also dosing Baby Bio Orchid Food and watering weekly.

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    If its not doing anything, i would cut it above the very first node on the spike, and wait for a new one further up the monopodial growth in the next season. Also check the roots. This may be affecting its ability to grow new spikes from eyes on the spike. I find here that watering every week rots the root system. I water every two weeks or three weeks.

    All the best, Jordan

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    For sure if I water every 2 weeks I will kill them without water. Here it is very hot so better water them every week.

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    fair enough then. It is only about 13 degrees C average at the moment, so yea, you get the picture lol

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    I usually put them in a clear pot so I can see the roots. Then water the day after the roots get white. How's your light?
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    The following are my orchid plants.

    This is the one that has 2 stems on it. 1 with flowers 1 without.


    This is the stem that I cut but no flowers after a month.


    This is my other orchid.


    Should I leave the stem with no flowers as it is or should I cut it down near the leaves?

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    that looks like there is a bit of activity going on up there! keep an eye on it

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    from looking at your picture of the cut spike, Im not entirely sure you have cut it in quite the right place... on the picture right above the top cane tie, I think it might have flowered there already... If so, you need to cut it a bit further down, just above the top node (the first bump below the top cane tie) I think.... Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannah View Post
    from looking at your picture of the cut spike, Im not entirely sure you have cut it in quite the right place... on the picture right above the top cane tie, I think it might have flowered there already... If so, you need to cut it a bit further down, just above the top node (the first bump below the top cane tie) I think.... Hope this helps.
    I disagree. If you look up there, the nodal buds have swollen, this would indicate that there is some spiking activity, or possibly keikei activity. If there was no activity, i would have advised to cut just above the first node on the entire spike.

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    If you look at the node just above the cane tie, there is a white circle, this looks like there may have been a flower there once. I could be wrong, I am only summising, Im not surprised you disagree with me kiwiorchids.

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