Be sure to start this process while the orchid is in bud — that is, before these orchids are actually in flower — to ensure that the flowers are oriented correctly when they open. Hello, I received my first orchid (phal) as a gift in November (potted on moss). It didn’t have a lot of roots after trimming. Thanks, Thanks again! Orchid spikes are usually green in color along their length, and appear from in between the leaves of the orchid, rather than arising from the potting medium or the base of the stem. Thank you so much for this blog post! About 3 weeks ago the flowers fell and I have one yellow leaf out of three. So glad to hear everything is going well! I have another orchid that has a new shoot growing with no other shoots and it is growing so much faster (and bigger). It is correct that they cut the bloom stems back to the base (I have a post on this) because the next time it blooms it will produce entire new and different stems. I have a green thumb so why have a challenge now also. Should I be repotting it or at least cleaning it up & keeping in same pot? I have an orchid (present)which has been flowering for about 4 months. I just wanted to say that I’m so excited for my orchid’s blooms to fall off so I can repot and help it grow larger and healthier next year! Your orchid pics were great! Is it dry before you water it? What ever is under the top moss feels a little damp but lookinng at the moss coming thru the wholes on the bottom looks dry, very dry. But looking dead and being dead are two different things when it comes to these amazing survivor plants, and you shouldn't give up hope just because your orchids lose their petals and leaves and their stems dry into ropy tangles. However, hasn’t turned to a dead, dry paler brown like its two flower stems did last year. It blooms beautifully and has sprouted some new leaves along the way BUT it has some old very dry wrinkly leaves as well. I recently placed it on a humidity tray that I made myself. Thanks for the compliment and best of luck with the orchids. It’s been four days! One stem, flowers fell and I cut it back to the base, but whilst the other still has two flowers it has turned yellowbrown on the main stem for about 3 inches mid way, it is still green below and above including the current flowering offshoot. I always cut them at the base right by the leaves. After reasonable success with my dozen orchids, people are bringing me their sick ones. Orchid blooms falling off pretty soon after you get them is normal as shown here…, Your orchid losing a bottom leaf can be normal as well as shown here…. I’m very excited, mostly because I have always thrown my orchids out after I thought they were dead! What should i do if the leaves on my orchid look ad I’d they rotting?i realized the orchid started getting a discoloration on its leaves shortly after i purchased it and noticed the pot didnt have a drain hole. In such a case, to make sure whether it is dead or not you need to check other signs like the roots and stem health. I bought an orchid with two spikes growing parallel. Or should I wait til the blooms all fall off of the second stem too, and then cut both stems back at the same time? The ‘stems’ are less than an inch from the base and are brown and dried up [like hard sticks] but no signs of new growth and no new stems. But sometimes I feel like it isn’t getting enough water. I had my orchid in my kitchen window and it bloomed all summer a friend told me to cut the stem back so I did to the base and it has since grown one new leaf and now started a second one but no sign of a new stem? John In this case clip it just above a node (node is explained in that post I sent you). Not sure if i should bring them outside. The blooms dropping pretty soon after you get it is normal as shown here…, Thx for this awesome post! I have a small orchid that I bought a few months ago. You never want to cut off leaves unless they are rotting and dying. If that is the the case it may be potted in a pot without drainage? Either way your orchid produced a baby orchid called a “keiki” here is my link on that…, Keiki It will eventually dry up and drop off if it is completely dead. Inspect your orchid. Young Orchids. Thank you so much for your informational video. When and where do I cut it to make it rebloom again? Completely love your website, I’m on my first orchid journey at age 22 and have kind of fallen in love totally, already. Then we get them and think we have killed an orchid because of all the stuff that happened to it before we got it. I would love to help! If you don’t wait for a spike to turn brown, no apical keiki will sprout. Use a new blade for each new plant. Peroxide ariates the roots. Should I cut the stems all the way back to the leaves, cutting off the new bud that is growing or should I let it do it’s thing? So you would probably want to wait unless it’s rotting. Also where one of my cats can’t nibble it, he doesn’t mind the other orchids but apparently liked the taste of this one!). I just repotted my little orchid only a few months before it bloomed–should I still repot it after it is done blooming as you state above since I’ve done it so recently? I have not fertilized it either. Sounds good! I would like you to share more information with me regarding this. It also gives you a great chance to give your orchid a once-over to spot any unfolding issues while they are still minor and fixable. Aren’t orchids just the best! Blooms falling off is typically normal but sometimes when its repotted while in bloom it can have bud blast. It had very large flowers. Phalaenopsis will generally re-bloom given a little extra care. I do not have a window at home that is equivalent to the window at work. Thank you! I have an orchid plant with its initial shoot that has already given off two new shoots after the flowers dropped. Wait until the plant's bloom has completely withered and has turned browned. Repotting shocks an orchid and can hurt its blooms if done while it’s in bloom. So if they bloomed a year ago then you should expect them to produce bloom spikes this Fall. By cutting the shoot back entirely it allows the plant to gather more energy for a greater bloom next year. My flowers fell off and I only cut back to right before the browning started. Rebecca. This has happened to me – where a spike produced another smaller spike but nothing happened. When the last flower fades, you can leave the spike (stem) on and it will still continue flowering but the stem gets very ungainly and the flowers get smaller. I read once there are a few out there like this. While it is safe to prune most orchids, Dendrobiums rebloom from the leafless stems; do not remove a Dendrobium orchid's flower stalk. I was taking on of the dead flowers off the stem and I accidentally broke the top bit off! I am pleased to announce that I have a new shoot!! My light and watering is pretty on point (thanks to your advice blogs!!). First check to see if it’s in a draining pot. Drainage + don’t water it too much = happy orchid. I have an Orchid for 6 month. Do I cut of the flower and stem? Is that what you mean? How much are you watering it? I also don’t wait for my orchid stems to turn brown. I know it likely needs to be repotted but I’m not sure that now is the best time because of all the effort the plant is putting into growing right now?? This was like 4 days ago and now the stem is red. You can always send me a picture at but I would cut in between the offshoot and main stem. . In this case you would want to cut it right above a node (shown below). Shawn, You can send it to My orchid stem looks look the first stem you showed (the greyish/brown one). Most of the articles though show keiki growth at the base near parent plant not at the top of the bloom stem. The stalks never turned brown, the plant never really grew much and I just let it keep living. When in doubt, do not cut the flower stem. My orchids are near a huge bay widow – it’s about 72 degrees in my house. Hope you can advise! As shown here…, Here is a general overview of why your orchid is not blooming – look at the “Maybe it is the Season” part…, I bought a blue phal full of blooms and it even had little blue petals growing out from the stem, which made me think i would have new blooms. I was wondering if you can advise me please. New growth/stem will be from an entirely other part of the orchid. It looks like there were a couple new spikes that branched off the main one in the past. Tip. That is a lot! All pics are mine Handmade orchid mix However, after ready many of your wonderful articles I have to say your advice is spot on-you get everything right as far my own experience with orchids go! Wow that is a lot of blooms!! I need your advice: should I use fertilizer for my phalaenopsis? I always use this option because I am looking for a fuller bloom in the coming year. I have a post on orchid leaves turning yellow – which is normally natural. You want to use a clean sharp cutting tool. I sometimes forget but they don't seem to mind. Also, my leaves aren’t perky and have wrinkles. Orchid blooms falling off is natural –, I have a post on how to water –, I have a post on light requirements for your orchid in your home – Could you please advise? Hi, I’ve had my orchid for about A year now. Trim an orchid root or stem only if it’s dry and you’re certain it’s dead, but work carefully to avoid cutting too deep and harming the plant. Or leave it so that the growth on the tip can continue? Here is my post on that…, I cut my orchid down to the too the base from now all I have is green leafs after it bloomed. It is in the same pot and it does have drainage holes. You did answer my question! You can send me a pic at and I take a look. Hopefully you have the answer – fingers crossed! Some of my orchids took years to rebloom. But the last time that it bloomed, when the blooms fell off the stem turned brown and fell off. I explain it more here…, And again, we cannot thank you enough for all you do . I recently cut off two of the stems half an inch above the second node of each stem and then sprinkled cinnamon on them. I am hesitant to repot because I have also read not to repot unless the orchid is outgrowing its pot. Should I cut the stem? You can send me a picture at if you like and I could tell you right away . Hello Hannah, My orcharids have fallen off I have cut them .I really don’t know is it right I love them and tslk to them.i will send a pick please advice. I love using cinnamon! I have had a miniature orchid for several years and the latest stem has 8 blooms but I’ve never cut them back and it is way too tall now. Not wet. That is normal and you will want to cut the stem down to the base. Thank you so much for your contribution, Hannah. Orchids In Water Indoor Orchids Orchids Garden Indoor Flowers Roses Garden Fruit Garden Orchid Plant Care Phalaenopsis Orchid Care Dendrobium Orchids. The problem is that it has been blooming continuously since I bought it. Here is my question: Is the “Cinnamon” that we buy at the store, which is really Cassia, just as effective as “True or Ceylon” Cinnamon? I had no idea what I was doing and there wasn’t a lot of helpful information for beginners on the internet. Dead stems make your orchids look unhealthy and weak. The blooms in the other stem have fallen off recently. The leaves at the bottom ( normal growth) have died and fell from the plant. I think I will definitely do that. Below, we’ll go through different common scenarios in more detail. The stems are now browning and dropping blooms and I wanted to cut the stems back but it has 2 leaves that have grown from the nodes. My name is Hannah and I write this blog. I live in Louisiana so its very humid here. Also it needs to be near a light source – like a near a window. Clear pots help with photosynthesis and you can also see the root structure through them. This is my first experience caring for an orchid, so your advice is greatly appreciated! And who should I be watering it and what’s the best living condition in my home! The bloom stem is black? My orchid is having 2 keiki’s on its stem. x, It’s not normal but I know people have had it happen. Let's face the bitter truth directly here: if your orchid is truly dead, you won't be able to revive it no matter how many experts tips you get. Now I have the branches with a couple of buds on that haven’t done anything for a couple of months now and I’m not sure what to do?! Orchid blooms falling off pretty soon after you get them is normal as shown here… Or you can send me a picture at Well, I managed to keep it alive and then all the blooms dried out and fell off slowly, which seemed normal. I didn’t cut those two in time and this year the plant only grew one stem. They slowly lose their leaves and seem to look dead but are very much alive. I bought a “Little Lady” orchid from Trader Joe’s about a month ago. I recently repotted my first orchid(phal) according to the directions that came with the orchid.I then put it in a semi-dark room for a week. (Pot has drainage and is fortunately clear. “There have been several new roots and new leaves, and the leaves are super thick and green, so it’s definitely not dead.”. Thanks in advance! Thanx for being there for us myfirstorchid! 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