Discover When To Cut Back Your Orchid Plants

If you are an orchid enthusiast, there will come a time when you'll be aware of the need to do some pruning to your plants. The 2 reasons it's important to do this are to produce more blossoms or assist your plant to grow by developing more leaves. The big question, of course, is knowing when your orchid is ready for pruning and if you should prune to produce more blossoms or leaf growth.zoom_MD1115DramaticOrchidPlants11040114117

If your orchid plant has just finished up a flowering cycle it could be ready to start another one. If you examine the bloom spike you'll see that there nodes which are located along the length of it every three or four inches. If the nodes appear to have a greenish color and are seemingly healthy and you do not notice any new leaf growth then you can go for another flowering cycle.

If, on the other hand, the nodes seem to be dry and have a brownish color you'll most likely want to prune so that the orchid will concentrate on leaf growth. This is particularly the situation if you notice the early growth stages of a new leaf.

Before you start your surgical operation you're going to need the right tools available for the job. You can choose either a scalpel or a good pair of sharp shears. Whichever way you go it's imperative that you sterilize these instruments so you don't infect the plant. You can perform this by either wiping them thoroughly with alcohol or applying heat from a torch or gas flame.

At this point you're ready to make your cut. If you've decided to go for another blossom cycle cut off the spike at about one half inch above the second node from the base. If want your plant to focus on leaf growth chop the spike off at the base.

When the surgery is done borrow a little bit of cinnamon from your spice rack and tap a little bit on the exposed wound covering it completely. This will prevent disease from entering through this area.

Now you can sit back and wait for the results to appear. The new bloom spike may take one or two months to appear and it may take a month or longer before you see any blooms. If you're promoting new leaf growth it will also take a month or more for the new leaf to be fully grown.

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