Neither of the two have bloomed…just growing up really tall and was trying to support them with two separate stakes. I was trying to attach them to stakes and cut one off completely at the top lost about 2 inches of the brand new spike. I have a phaleanopsis orchid that has produced a keiki at the top part of it’s bloom stem. I’d like to send a picture of my orchid to show what it looks like to see if my orchid is okay. I read once there are a few out there like this. Please help!! The other spike, still the original one the plant came with, never dies, and has continued over the years to grow a spike or bloom from it, with lots of flowers. It also gives you a great chance to give your orchid a once-over to spot any unfolding issues while they are still minor and fixable. Hi, Hannah! The stem may only turn brown half way down the shoot or it may turn brown completely. If your orchid isn’t a species that drops its leaves, except your orchid has, then your orchid is probably dead. Best of luck, Good afternoon, I watched your video and my plant is due to be cut back. It didn’t have a lot of roots after trimming. If that is the the case it may be potted in a pot without drainage? I trimmed them back to just above the new growth and they were doing great until the dreaded bud blast. Also, out of curiosity, what would happen if I just left it with the stems cut only at the brown part, leaving the green stem? You can cut if you like. Your blog has helped me a lot with caring for my Orchid! Your orchids need natural sunlight so they should be close to a window and make sure it’s potted in a pot with a drainage hole and only water when it’s VERY dry. How should I proceed? In May, I trimmed all the dead roots (it had a lot) and changed it to Phaenopsis media. My question is, do you think I should cut both stems off? I also say to repot every 1-3 years. Any chance you could send me a picture at [email protected]? I cut it about half an inch from the base. If the stem remains green and succulent allow it to die back in place until it is brown and desiccated to a crispy state. I already cut the spike. I recently cut off two of the stems half an inch above the second node of each stem and then sprinkled cinnamon on them. All rights reserved. My orchid has several leaves and is looking really good, so I guess I am just a little intimidated to mess with it too much. A disposable, straight-edged razor blade is a good tool to use for cutting leaves, flowers and old flower spikes (even dead leaves and old inflorescences can harbor virus). I waited for the spikes to yellow, but they never did. I had some beautiful flowers prior to hospital stay and now after viewing your tape, I want to continue with my orchids again. This also helps transfer the orchids energy to growing new leaves and new roots. I cut the stem above the node a few months ago and it started to grow another spike, but after a while it went really dry and died. Like below all the nodes. I think I put it too close to the heater and some of the petals got burnt, but now a couple weeks later and no even using the heater the petals on some of the othwr flowers are gling black. The root is 1 1/2 in. I cut one off – just the brown part. Hi. Evelyn. About 3 weeks ago the flowers fell and I have one yellow leaf out of three. It’s natural for the whole stem to die back. If you don’t wait for a spike to turn brown, no apical keiki will sprout. I checked its roots and they look pretty healthy, just some minimal root decay as the sphagmoss was really wet when began to pull it away from the roots. Should I cut the stems all the way back to the leaves, cutting off the new bud that is growing or should I let it do it’s thing? Is there anything I can do to help heal it? Once these last two fall off there will be no more blooms left. The leaves look like they’re not getting enough water! So glad to hear everything is going well! They would probably break off at some point but it won’t effect it blooming again in a negative way. Have you seen my blog on watering? But, there’s no need to be alarmed and you certainly don’t want to throw your orchid away! Hope you can advise! I hope this is not the case with yours. Thank you! She told me not to cut off the stem unless the whole stem had turn brown. Do I place the plant in the same area that it was or does the plant need to be in a dark area or should it have more of sunlight? The singular stem and one on the double have gone a light reddish colour am I going to lose them? My Phalaenopsis orchids start producing shoots around November. Be careful to not cut any roots or leaves. If the stem is soft and rotting, trim down to the still-living green stem. No Drainage When the last flower fades, you can leave the spike (stem) on and it will still continue flowering but the stem gets very ungainly and the flowers get smaller. Is that a problem? It’s a natural fungicide. Pruning an orchid can not only help it last longer—as well as flower more—but it'll also ensure you're removing diseased leaves and help you get it ready for repotting, according to Bruce Rogers, orchid expert and author of The Orchid Whisperer, Expert Secrets for Growing Beautiful Orchids. Just remove it from the decorative pot (if it is in one) and don’t put it back in. Hello Hannah, thank you for such an informative site!! All of the tips I’ve read on this page have been extremely helpful! Should I trim the yellowing tips or will it not affect the nodes? Hi there, Dead is dead. You never want to repot an orchid while its in bloom. It’s still a deep green like the rest of the stem and I thought it was a bud months ago but it hasn’t bloomed or appeared to be growing. You never want to cut off leaves unless they are rotting and dying. Do you have any insight as for how to care for this double-spike orchid? Blooms have fallen off and now am wondering when I should trim back the stem, also when should I consider cutting the keiki and repotting? (probably Phalaenopsis. Should I trim it to the base or not? What if there’s a node with a secondary spike? So your schedule would not be when it was forced to bloom but when it should naturally bloom. I’m very excited, mostly because I have always thrown my orchids out after I thought they were dead! Thanks for answering my question. You can always send me a picture of it at [email protected] Drainage + don’t water it too much = happy orchid. If not then you should water it this way and only when dry, I don’t want to be rude or disrespectful to the person who writes this blog, but I have several issues with some things she recommends. I have had a miniature orchid for several years and the latest stem has 8 blooms but I’ve never cut them back and it is way too tall now. Which is good because I have a lot of orchids and that would take awhile This is my first orchid (phalaenopsis) and it was given to me by my boss and when the blooms died, fell off, and the shoot started turning brown I thought it was dying. Be sure to sanitize your cutting tool by wiping the blades with rubbing alcohol or a solution of water and bleach before you begin. Are there guidelines for where to cut back to? It was indeed informative . When it grows a new stem (probably next year) it will grow from an entirely different spot. Thanks so much! When all the flowers have fallen you can cut the stem back as shown here…, http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/252/, Here is my post on flowers falling off naturally…, http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/orchid-bloom-dying-naturally/. Or should I wait til the blooms all fall off of the second stem too, and then cut both stems back at the same time? Thanks! There’s a new stem at the tip with 3 or 4 new buds and then on the other side of the flower blooms there’s 2 new stems/spikes that have emerged out of the nodes in the spike. The stalks never turned brown, the plant never really grew much and I just let it keep living. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/orchid-bloom-dying-naturally/ Some of mine took a few years to bloom especially the ones that were not taken care of before I got them. FYI: Many times when we get orchids into our homes that were mistreated before we got them. During all this, a new shoot grew from the base. And how often should I water it and use a fertilizing agent? What type of orchid is it? How are watering it and is it back in “indirect” sunlight (like in a window)? They are still green. If they are completely separate then you can cut the one that is done blooming. Thank you so much for your time. I like bigger blooms the next season. Flowers are falling off. How to Tell If Your Orchid Is Alive or Dead 1 – Look at the Roots and Crown. In case that the orchid is belonging to evergreen species that means the orchid most probably dead. After the orchid finishes blooming and the flower stem is completely dead, it should be carefully pruned back, encouraging the plant to produce new flowers. I always cut my spikes down to the base to conserve the energy for next years blooms but a lot of other people do it your way. I cut it about half an inch from the base. “Option #1 – Cut the orchid stem at its base, way down by the leaves.”. This started happening before I cut back the stem this year. I’m really new with taking care of flowers and this was my favorite one so far. Now that third stem have bloomed for several months and I trimmed it back when the flowers fell off. Thank you Hannah , I don’t want to lose it , it was a special gift . They will not only give your Phalaenopsis orchid an unpleasant appearance but they can also be a source of diseases for the other parts of the plant, or even the nearby plants. The shoots where turning brown. If all of your orchid's roots are dark and soggy, the orchid is dead. Many times when we get orchids into our homes they were mistreated before we got them. Any way you can send me a pic? Thank you SO much for this incredibly easy to understand and informative page! Unfortunately this can lead to them rotting and dying. Hi….thanks, that helps (especially with the pictures). It was very helpful. I had an orchid that just bloomed, this year, after not blooming for three years!! It won’t hurt it. I’m new and in my first year of growing orchids and have a question. You can always send me a picture at [email protected] I have a lovely orchid that has one spike. Please teach me to care for these beautiful plants. Thank you for the compliments on the site. The bloom stem is black? https://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/orchid-disaster/. Thank you. How much and how often are you watering it? Thanks so much for any advice you can give. Could you please advise? My First Orchid © 2018. The orchid’s leaves gradually lose their bright green gloss and upright stance, turning dull and flattening out around the orchid’s base. Where the brown meets the green but not into the green. Thank you for your informative article and that you published it for free! All leaves are still nice and green and sturdy no big roots coming out of my pot. I’m now much more confidant and eager to see this lovely plant grow and thrive. It was a gift from my husband and it’s my favorite flower what’s wrong with it and what can I do to get back to being healthy…..:/ I hope you can help me…. My fingers are crossed for blooms next a year. Meaning I water them when they get very dry. I’m trying to gobble up as much info on this cute species as possible (smells a little citrus-y, so CUTE). What I should do? Inspect your orchid. Just a quick thank you for this site. You water them when they are dry. Option #2 – Cut it back right below the brown part of the stem. I use the hard plastic containers from http://www.repotme.com. Depending on the issue, the orchid can be saved by re-potting, trimming off all the dead roots, cutting out leaves with spreading bacterial infection, relocating the plant, or by stimulating root growth. Orchids typically bloom once a year so you may have to wait till fall for them to sprout. I have an 18 month old double spike Phalaenopsis which I’ve had for 6 months. It never turned brown or yellow and I have never owned one so I didn’t know you should trim them back at all. She enthusiastically pursues creative and community interests, including gardening, home improvement and social issues. Does that mean it’s dying? 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