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Phal pruning confusion...

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    Question Phal pruning confusion...

    Though my phal isn't ready to be pruned, I've been doing some research on its overall care and conditioning. I just read on the website of my phal's grower that once the flowers have fallen off, cut the stems two inches above the leaves. Other info that I've read said to cut just below the first flower. What's the proper way to prune when the time comes?

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    If you want to try to get the plant to initiate a branch spike, you cut just below the node where the first flower was. If you are going to let the plant rest and gain strength, you cut it about 2 inches above the leaves. Since the plant will have been blooming for quite some time, you might want to let it rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    If you want to try to get the plant to initiate a branch spike, you cut just below the node where the first flower was. If you are going to let the plant rest and gain strength, you cut it about 2 inches above the leaves. Since the plant will have been blooming for quite some time, you might want to let it rest.
    Thanks so much for the input!!!

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    I agree. Good advice.

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    I "pruned" both ways as an experiment when I first started growing phals...first therory was no one "prunes" in nature.. so I got a few sparse blooms at the tip..next time mine got whacked and now they
    always gets whacked to the 2" mark...you get bigger & more blooms than when you cut at the node.

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    Ha! This theory is probably going to be the death of one of my orchids. It had really bad roots, and very dehydrated leaves, and then decided to try putting out new branches from nodes on both it's spikes. I duly cut it down to the last couple of inches, but apparently missed out the fact that this is above the bottom node. And lo and behold we are getting more branches on both spikes. It seems almost a shame to cut them off again as the plant is so determined to keep on flowering. But I know that it really need to put it's energy into growing roots.

    Am keeping my fingers crossed for it, and am about to start looking for the spag and bag posts for instructions on what to do now that I have a big bunch of moss to play with having finally found some at a garden centre.

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