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Pruning Phalaenopsis Orchids

This is a discussion on Pruning Phalaenopsis Orchids within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have had two Phalaenopses that have had their flowers at the end of their ...

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    I have had two Phalaenopses that have had their flowers at the end of their stems for quite sometime now. I did not know if I could cut the stem so I can get another stem of flowers sooner. Also, how should I prune them properly? Thank you.
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    Perhaps you want to cut the stems right down after they have done flowering. You may have to wait for (a) new flower stem(s) a bit longer but you'll get a tidier appearance. You might also get bigger and/or more flowers as a bonus.

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    What if the spike on the Phal has flat nodes ? Where as some spikes have a bump on the node because I have a Phal that I have cut back above a node but all the nodes on that spike are flat... Is there a chance of a secondary spike?

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    Either way are fine to what Orkidea and jai-star if you want bigger flowers next time, cut the whole spike, if the nodes are still green, cut above the 3rd node (counting from bottom) then you might have a chance to get more flowers, it's your choice...
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    I agree with Alex.

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    Can easily become a case of vote A or vote B, a debate even. Cutting the spike right down near to axil or crown is for the person who considers the future of the plant in terms of strength, health but mainly aesthetic value and as said the possible chance of a stronger bolder inflorescence next time. While strength and health is not necessarily compromised by a plant continuing to bloom ( as many orchids have sequential blooms for months on end and leads continue to grow on or produce pups/ kikies) , cutting down to a node halfway down or three-quarters even is for the person requiring some small degree of speedier reward and satisfaction in the short time scale..

    My choice is the first,as it suits my logic better. To me a newly acquired phal has been forced and rushed enough and I like to allocate it a more generous acclimatisation period starting with weak but regular high nitrogen feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opaline View Post
    Can easily become a case of vote A or vote B, a debate even. Cutting the spike right down near to axil or crown is for the person who considers the future of the plant in terms of strength, health but mainly aesthetic value and as said the possible chance of a stronger bolder inflorescence next time. While strength and health is not necessarily compromised by a plant continuing to bloom ( as many orchids have sequential blooms for months on end and leads continue to grow on or produce pups/ kikies) , cutting down to a node halfway down or three-quarters even is for the person requiring some small degree of speedier reward and satisfaction in the short time scale..

    My choice is the first,as it suits my logic better. To me a newly acquired phal has been forced and rushed enough and I like to allocate it a more generous acclimatisation period starting with weak but regular high nitrogen feed.
    Good advice Matt, I was also wondering how it is possible to get two spikes on Phals, as we for example come across one in Tesco's. The possibility I can think of is that the Phals on sale are either pumped with feed or just because it happens they produce two spikes at once?

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    I would tend to throw a bit more into the equation also with elements of genetics, parentage, light, nutrients, temperatures including the cultural requiremnt of a drop in temp at night. Mix in with this extra nutrients available as trace/ minerals, exposure to humidity variants and the manipulation of plants bio processes.The blue and red spectrum used as applicable to acceletrate vegeative growth (blue) and red for bloom. The NPK quantities in ferts made available also controlled and used as applicable to co ordinate with other elements at selective times. Products exist to promote growth others to promote the partnership betw bacteria and orchid roots and ofcourse those which include hormones/ ph adjustments.

    In a latter note phal spikes left attached with no blooms can produce kikies (babies) much like the spider plant, a concept used by phal to reproduce as prev method may have been abandoned by plant or relevant factors the plant decided it was lacking to much to be of any use. I dont think an orchid would cut its nose off to spite its face.

    Originally, in part, hybrids were designed to become more tolerant of diff conditions aiding growers to accomodate them with more success as elements from two desigated parents are carefully selected, resulting in a versatile conclusion. As for size,smell , shape, texture and colour, commercialism is a whole diff story but for this one the picture is big on its own,

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