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Orchid blooms have fallen off after 3 months

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    Default Orchid blooms have fallen off after 3 months

    Hi there I brought an orchid from a store a while ago and after about 3 months all the flowers have fallen off but I have noticed new growth from the base of the stem. Now I don't even pretend to know about orchids so I was wondering if it's best to leave the old stem or cut it off?? Any help you can give will be very much appreciated
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    With most it's typical to cut it off, redirecting more of the plant's energy into new root and vegetative growth for next year's bloom. It's hard to say for sure, not knowing what kind of orchid you have, but I would definitely cut it off if it's the usual complex hybrid Phalaenopsis. Sterilize your cutting instrument first if you do. You can soak it in alcohol or use a hot flame. Rub a little cinnamon into the wound on the part left attached to the plant. It will help dry it out and protect against fungus. Try to keep the cinnamon off of any exposed roots as it will dry those up too.
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    Here's a picture it had white flowers all the way up the stem if that helps would love to know what type it is as it was just labeled as an orchid

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    Maybe a nobile Dendrobium type. I could be very wrong. I don't grow any Dendrobiums (yet). The spikes are so short I don't think it would probably matter either way. Some Dendrobiums do rebloom on older growths, but you're probably fine to remove the little spikes if you don't like them. Look up nobile dendrobium photos to make sure. They have some fairly specific requirements to rebloom, if so. Not a bad idea to read up on them, if you can verify what kind you have. Maybe someone else more experienced will have some tips for you as well.

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