Orchids – Pruning

Q: We purchased two beautiful orchids at the Southeastern Flower Show and they have done well. The blooms are now faded or gone. I find no mention on the website of pruning the stem. Should the stem be cut back?

A: Yes, once all flowers have faded, cut the bloom stem at the base. Your orchid will need several months to store enough light energy to bloom again. Put it in bright indoor light and follow the tips here.

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