Orchid flowers don't last forever. After the fall, the spike is left on the plant and you have three options for treating the spikes.
It would be best if you prepared these tools: A pair of sharp, sterile scissors Cinnamon powder as a natural root hormone A diluted solution of 10% bleach and 90% water
But first, take your bleach solution and soak the tools in it for 15-20 minutes, then rinse them with plain water and let them dry.
Option 1: Leave Spikes As Is Spikes will show some bloom again after some time, but the new growth will be smaller and have longer and ungainly stems. They can bloom more than once in a growing season.
Option 2: Cut the Stem Above the Node When the stem is still green, look for the node below the lowest flower bloom on the spike. Then cut the bloom spike 1 inch above the node.
Potted Exotics Pro Tip: Grab your cinnamon powder and sprinkle some on the cut end wound.
Option 3: Cut the Flower Spike from the Base If you notice yellowing or browning of the spike, grab your sterilized scissors and cut at the base of the flower spike. You will have new stems in 8- 12 weeks.
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