Pruning orchids after flowering at home
Pruning orchids is a major question among the gardener and I will try to help you with pruning orchids. so let’s start with step by step process for pruning orchids after flowering at home.
How do I cut my orchid after it flowers? is one of the most-asked questions that we receive at the Fuqua Orchid Center. This is a terrific question. It’s smart to ask before cutting. It is possible to destroy your plant by hacking off the wrong parts.
Where to cut depends on what type of orchid you have. You also need to know the difference between the spike and the stem of an orchid. The next four posts will show you where to cut the spike on four popular types: Oncidium, Phalaenopsis, Cattleya and Dendrobium.
When is up to you. It doesn’t benefit the plant to remove a spike before all the flowers have fallen. Nor is it detrimental to leave a brown shriveled spike in place forever (except among the Cattleya relatives–they sometimes accumulate water inside old floral sheaths resulting in stem rot–more about that later.)
Other tips for Pruning orchids care
Once you’ve notice that the stalk has turned a yellow to brownish color and there are obviously no signs that your orchid will produce any more blossoms; this is the time to prune!
You can prune your orchids within an inch from where the blossom stalk originated on the plant. You may also cut the stem if it is still a little green, that is if you don’t mind losing potential blossoms. The cutting is preferably done with a fresh, one sided razor blade, or a cutting blade that has been sterilized.
Your other option is to just remove the end of the blossom stalk to shorten the stalk, but retain enough so that it may bloom again. If you choose this method, cut the stem about 1/4 inch above a node (indicated by a small leaf-like bump clasping the stalk).
What major problem gardener face after pruning
Q. – What is the solution used after I prune, preventing a virus?
Ans – You can purchase a fungicide or simply use some cinnamon –which acts as a natural fungicide!
Q. – I have a ‘5-year’ orchid, it bloomed for a week then all the flowers fell off, and hasn’t blooMed since. This was a Year ago! What can i do?
Ans – It sounds like it might have experienced Bud Blast. This especially can happen with Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, and Dendrobiums. Unfortunately, pin-pointing the exact cause is a little more difficult, as it can be anything from humidity levels to light, to temperature, etc. Perhaps try moving your orchid plant to a new location in your house, giving it a slightly different environment than before. If you know what kind of orchid you have, make sure that its current environment matches the specifications for that type of orchid. Hopefully, by troubleshooting a bit you’ll discover what was making your orchid plant unhappy.
Q. – How to know when your plant has outgrown its pot?
Ans – Typically when your orchid’s roots are starting to overflow from the pot. Most orchids can be repotted every 2-3 years, especially if their potting media has broken down and needs replacement.