How to cut a phalaenopsis orchid spike

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You have a wonderful orchid and everything is fine when suddenly the blossoms start wilting and falling off. Don’t become panic-stricken: fading blooms do not mean that your orchid is dying. With adequate care the species will live a long and happy life. An essential part of proper care is knowing how to cut a phalaenopsis orchid spike.

The procedure may look challenging and scary but it’s worth trying. If you don’t know how to cut a phalaenopsis orchid spike, follow this advice.

Once the period of inflorescence is over the stem should be cut at the base of the species (one or two inches of the spot where the spike sprouted). You can leave the spike alone and just wait for the plant to rebloom. But if the spike has already started yellowing or browning, there is no more way to save the plant than cutting its strike. Otherwise the plant will dry out or possibly rot.

If you’ve made up your mind to complete the surgery, remember to use a sterile cutting instrument as orchids are prone to viruses. Also it’s a good idea to apply an antifungal remedy to the spot where the slice was made. Cinnamon is known for its antifungal properties. Dab a bit of the stuff to the cut surface. That won’t let fungus to spread.