Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Fast Way to Initiate a New Flower Spike on Your Phalaenopsis Orchid

I ran across a secret that I am going to share with you about how to promote a new flower spike (flower stem) on your favorite orchid like the Phalaenopsis.  The technique was shared with me by my good friend who loves orchids. This technique is used to help initiate another flower spike on your Phalaenopsis orchid.
After the orchid plant has finished blooming, traditionally we would cut the flower spike about 1/2 inch from the crown of the foliage.. meaning we would only leave about 1/2 inch of stem on the plant.  A new technique that promotes a flower spike, on the same spike, is to cut the spike 1/2 above the first node on the flower spike going down.  In other words, from the tip of the stem downward, you will locate the first node.  Cut the flower spike between one to 1/2 inch above this node.  In more vigorous plants, these nodes produce actual flower spikes giving the orchid a "branching" characteristic. 

I haven't done my research online on this new technique.. meaning someone may have already written about it.  But i have been in the orchid business for a while and I just ran across this technique myself and wanted to share it with you.  I have seen this technique and it works. 
I was reminded to write about this technique when i ran across an orchid today that was in our greenhouse hospital.  Not all the time, but occasionally we break an orchid and it goes into the orchid hospital where it is kept then donated to a good home.  Here are two photos of an orchid with a broken stem with a new flower spike.  See, it does work.
the stem on this orchid broke

but produced a new flower spike seven inches below the cut..


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