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By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jun 8, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Cut the flower stem back as far as you can without damaging nearby leaves or roots.

By: lucienne vranch | Date: Jun 8, 2010 |
My orchid has stopped flowering and the top of the stem is going brown. I read someone else's comments on forum with a similar question and it was suggested stem should be cut. Can you please tell me how far to cut the stem down to?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jun 6, 2010 | AboutOrchids
No, your orchid isn't dead; it's just finished blooming. I recommend your cut off the old flower stem with a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution. It will help to ID your orchid so you can learn its specific care needs and help it bloom again.

By: Karen | Date: Jun 5, 2010 |
I received a orchid in December 2009, it bloomed and remained beautiful until June 2010, now all the blooms have fallen off and the section of the stem where the blooms where is turning brown. Is it dead? Will it bloom again? Should I cut off the brown section of the stem? Thanks.

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jun 1, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Look at the flower shape to verify that it's a Phal. I don't know specific info for that fertilizer brand, but follow the instructions on the label. When in doubt, it's always safer to use a weak fertilizer solution. It's ok to get orchid leaves wet, as long as they don't stay wet during cooler overnight hours. Balancing humidity and air movement can be a challenge; you may need to experiment to find what method works best for you.

By: Sara | Date: May 31, 2010 |
How do I raise the humidity and air flow together? I want both so how do I get both. I have miracle grow orchid potting mix in its pot. any thoughts? thanks for your help?


By: Sara | Date: May 31, 2010 | Myspace
I think I have a phal its says though on the orchid funny virgin it has on the stick in the potting media , I am using miracle grow orchid food and I am I read I am suppose to do that 2 times a week I mean every 2 weeks every 1 or 2 weeks more then likley 2 weeks, I know its not getting enough light cause the leaves are dark green and its not getting enough humidity but how do I use a spray bottle without getting the leaves wet, cause the leaves are not suppose to stay wet or am I suppose to dry them off when I am done, or should I just get a humidifier is it just easier to use without harming the orchid? Wich method should I use and is easiest?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 31, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Some varieties of orchids can handle cooler temps, but you don't say what kind you have. If you can ID your orchid, you can learn its specific care needs. Turning out lights at night isn't a problem as long as your orchid is receiving adequate natural light. Also check out fertilizing info.

By: Sara | Date: May 30, 2010 |
how much do I fertilize it?

By: Sara | Date: May 30, 2010 |
I baught my orchid at a store like walmart and its has not bloomed yet it has sprouted a stem for blooms but it died but the leaved look healthy still we give it food and have it on rocks and miracle grow potting soil I think but we do keep it cold in here and we do turn all the lights off at night would that have anything to do with it would any of this have anything to do with it, how many times a year do they bloom? I live in Kentucky would the climate have anything to do with it it was still cold outside when it tried to bloom and the buds died and its 2 years old and its only sprouted a stem for blooms once, actually I think I got it last summer and here it is again summer well almost summer its spring but summer almost here it be here in June and June in a couple of weeks, days actually, so any help you can give me I would appreciate it sorry for my spelling I know I stink at it, so please bare with it. thank you for your time and your help.


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