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By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jan 1, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Although some Phals can bloom on old flower stems, it's normal for the stems to die back. You can cut it off with a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution.

By: L.V. Wood | Date: Jan 1, 2010 |
I was given a phalaenopsis as a gift and have no experience caring for orchids... the blooms have all fallen off (which I realize is normal) but the stem where they were has turned brown and shriveled? Is that normal? If not, what should I do to fix it?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Dec 28, 2009 | AboutOrchids
Prune as close as you can to the plant without damaging leaves or roots. Use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution.

By: Ray | Date: Dec 27, 2009 | Heart of SF Aikido
How far back fromthe bloom do I prune, after the bloom is gone?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Dec 19, 2009 | AboutOrchids
You can cut off the flower spike using a sharp blade cleaned in hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution. If you identify your orchid, you can find its specific growing conditions. If you can't identify it, check out this generic orchid care info.

By: sue | Date: Dec 18, 2009 |
what do you do when the flowers die?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Dec 17, 2009 | AboutOrchids
Doritaenopsis is in the Phal family, so start by checking basic info for Phals. It's possible your new potting material is holding water differently than the old material, and you need to change your watering. Older potting material that has broken down can hold more water. The newer material may let more air through (which is good!) but hold less water. Also check for cold temps, low humidity, or lower light in winter.

By: Doris | Date: Dec 16, 2009 |
Have a Dtps. Sin-Yaun Golden Beauty 'Fairy Tale' that bloomed once after repoting. Two new shoots appeared, one is completely dried up and the other is looking poorly as well. Water faithfully each week. Have not moved plant. Help......

By: ronald fazio | Date: Dec 15, 2009 |
thank you.SLRU

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Dec 15, 2009 | AboutOrchids
To Ronald: Without more info, I can only guess, but check basic care info for Phals. Common culprits are low humidity, over or underwatering, or cold temps.

To Mary: Green roots are new growth, and they're fine growing in the air as long as you have good humidity. Chalky, dry roots may be older roots that are still alive, or they may dead. Give them a gentle squeeze with your fingers -- if they feel squishy or completely hollow, remove them. If they still feel firm, they're alive. You can find info on repotting here. Most orchids need to be repotted every 2 or 3 years.

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