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This is a discussion on Woody stem within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Recently the buds from my phal . fell off so I decided to trim the ...
Recently the buds from my phal. fell off so I decided to trim the stems back to 2 in. from the leaves. One of the stems has lost its green color and is looking woody (dead). Should I remove this stem altogether, so it doesn't kill the rest of the plant, which looks healthy and is even putting out a new leaf?
The dead stem won't hurt the plant. But if the appearance of it bothers you, you can very carefully cut it back to within a 1/2 inch of the plant. Eventually the plant will grow up and the old spike will be burried in the media.