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After my orchid finished blooming I cut the stalk too far to the leaves. I'm getting new leaves but how can I get a stalk to grow?

On plant moth Phalaenopsis



It'll grow a new one all on its own when its time.

26 Aug, 2009


bamboo is right you cant hurry these things. and new leaves means it is happy and healthy.
and welcome to GoY too.

26 Aug, 2009



26 Aug, 2009


I guess you are writing about Phaleanopsis I cut the stems completely out of the first ones I had - not knowing any better - they never did produce another flower stem.

26 Aug, 2009


Listening with interest here...mine has just come to the last flower so wondering what to do next!

26 Aug, 2009


Look for an axil point from the flower stem where there is a slight protrusion/bud cut back to that and the next flower stem will appear. Or, do as I lazily do these days, just let the orchid get on and produce new flowering stems off the main stem! It will do so regardless :-)

26 Aug, 2009


What you SHOULD do, Fluff, is to cut the stem to just above the bottom 'scale' on the stem. Sometimes, the plant will send up another stem from there, or else from between the leaves.

Mscanada, all is not lost! Give your plant a chance to re-start a new stem. If this doesn't happen in, say, a month, then take it to a cooler room - about 5 - 8 degrees lower, and leave it there for about 3 weeks. When you bring it back, it should start growing a new stem. It has always worked for me!
Good luck. :-)

26 Aug, 2009


Hum not convinced as I've got Phalaenopsis that have started to put out shoots just below the flowering shoot... And have done so for several years.

26 Aug, 2009


Yes, you can leave the dead stem on - you're right - but who wants to look at a dead stem when you can get a new one by cutting it back correctly?? ;-)

Even if you DO leave the dead stem, it sometimes dies right back anyway - so I prefer my method.

26 Aug, 2009


My point is the stem wasn't dead - it was already producing a new shoot as the last flower buds from the shoot above died off. I've got one sitting on my kitchen window sill right now. The current flowering stem is about to lose its last three flowers. Just below that are two shoots coming out from two axila... I'm going to leave them alone to get on and flower. It may not be what the books tells you to do but flowers don't read books.

26 Aug, 2009


Thanks everyone, for your replies. Appreciate your help; will keep doing what I'm doing and cross my fingers.

28 Aug, 2009

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