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Very sad. The spike or old stem in this variety emerges from a green section of the plant’s stem which is referred to as the bud sheath. Seemed like it had a lot of blooms on it!! The plant is now back in its original spot and seems happy. Many times when we get orchids into our homes they were mistreated before we got them. So potentially it could shoot up another spike this year. I don’t know wether i should cut the stem or not. Orchids tend to have dried and dead stems because of unhealthy conditions and because the plant lacks the nutrients it needs. Is just me here answering questions:) I would love to help. I’ve had to repot it twice within the last four months. I notice some of the leaves are starting to look wilted or wrinkled. It’s still green because the orchid is giving it nutrients. I cut the stem at the second nod but now the stem left is going brown…..what should I do now ????? Thanks, Thanks for the help! Just make sure they have drainage (a lot are sold in non-draining pots) and you are watering it only when it’s dry and you should be good. When it had flowers on, it was brown. Everything you talk about will ensure everyone can have beautiful orchids, and keep them that way. Is watering the same amount (every 7-10 days) alright? I’m afraid if the brown goes down too low my orchids nodes will become victims and die, too. I will purchase fertilizer to start feeding them too. Is there a way you can send me a picture at It grows slow, but has grown three new leaves, just no stems for flowers. I have one, water it and BAM! 2. The overwatering cause little flies to show up as well. Your site is helpful & interesting! My orcid has one new leaf, healthy Roots but no stem. And I know this sounds dumb but are you sure they are ants? I would follow the post I did on Orchid Health and pest to remove them. On the tag that came with the orchid it says to water with 3 ice cubes a week. I would like you to share more information with me regarding this. Best of luck! Remove all the dead roots and use chenille stems, aka pipe cleaners, to anchor the plant in the pot while it makes new roots. Fertilize 3 out of every 4 times. The pot does have drainage holes and slits down the sides too. I guess I’m just not sure where to cut it back to if I want to see if the current spike will grow a new spike. The roots are called aerial roots and tend to look like that. 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. I have only ever seen two. Should I leave it alone till all the blooms die and then cut at the base. Keep up the fantastic work, I am so impressed with you! That way it allows the plant to potentially branch off an existing shoot. I will send you a picture, and I would really appreciate your feedback. The other spike, still the original one the plant came with, never dies, and has continued over the years to grow a spike or bloom from it, with lots of flowers. Orchids are very hardy and once you get the hang of them – they are very easy to grow! Great blog you have here. Is your orchid inside? Orchid Blooms: Why won’t my orchid bloom? When it blooms again it will bloom from an entirely different spot. I recently placed it on a humidity tray that I made myself. When a new stem grows it will be from an entirely different spot. When a new stem grows it will be from an entirely differently spot. Thanks in advance! Orchids typically bloom once a year and when it does it will be from another spot. I was surprised how fast the blooms fell off but I figured it was perhaps due to the shock of being in a new environment ( Its in indirect light on the top of a bookshelf that faces a West window). I was given an orchid and put it on the window ledge where it was exposed to steam from the slow cooker over several days. Difference between an Orchid Root & Spike. When you purchase an orchid, keep the sales tag; the species and care information is invaluable. One you initially repot them from their “death sentence” then you don’t need to repot then again for quite sometime. It didn’t have a lot of roots after trimming. I feel it is growing nicely but my question is when can I expect new flower growth? I don’t know whether to just leave all the stems as they look healthy or cut them all down! If you don’t have this then that’s ok. Let me know if you have further questions. Hi there, I hope that you can help! Orchids typically bloom once a year and in the fall. No questions here. What did I do wrong? My orchids can also tolerate a lot of light, as long as their leaves don't burn in the direct sun. Those top roots are called aerial roots and you don’t need to worry about those as shown here…,, You do want to take it out of the decorative pot as shown here…. I’m assuming after I cut the stem back to it’s base roots I will still need to water whenever its very dry? While it is safe to prune most orchids, Dendrobiums rebloom from the leafless stems; do not remove a Dendrobium orchid's flower stalk. You can always send me a picture at I received a gorgeous large moth orchid for Mother’s Day, and it still has beautiful blooms! Natural schedules of orchids – they typically bloom in the fall. if not we can figure it out here. My orchid stem looks look the first stem you showed (the greyish/brown one). Stems: I cut mine as close to the base as possible without clipping anything else. Thank you for the information you provided above. How to Remove a Dead Orchid Leaf. I have noticed new leaves coming and I have roots with the silver color coming up and out all over the place. remove it? It can be near a cold window as long as it is still inside the home. Thanks. You can snip the dead stem off. Good luck. Do I have to report my orchid plant? When it blooms again it will grow from an entirely different spot. It will eventually dry up and drop off if it is completely dead. The only reason I suggest repotting a new orchid is most of the time they are sold in pots that strangle their roots and suffocate them to death as shown here… Good Afternoon! Any advice/help you can offer be greatly appreciated as this plant has been doing very well for a year now and has flowered three times since I was given the orchid. The stem turns yellow or brown and loses its leaves when this happens. I have a orchid that I got last year and it bloomed perfectly and then started growing new branches that started to produce new buds earlier in the year. 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. Yes, using the appropriate technique depending on the variety you own. Repot the orchid in a clean pot using fresh media. One of my older Phal’s always shocks me by having flowers that last 10-11 months each year!! Thank you Even though your orchid has dropped its leaves (and this behavior is normal for its species) you need to know if it’s still alive. I have a lot of them and their stems normally are green until the flowers fall and then they turn brown. Check out this link and let me know if this is what you are referring to… The ant business is a problem though. It is in the same pot and it does have drainage holes. Hi. If your orchid has nodules on the flower stem, cut the stem 1/4 inch above one of the leaf-like bumps. This has happened to me as well and I know it’s very frustrating. My question is, should I cut this spike back to the base? Should I trim it to the base or not? I already cut the spike. If the flowering is apart of the same stem you can cut the brown part off or leave it and wait till the whole thing is done flowering to cut it. I just transferred it to a different pot and put new orchid soul mix in and moistened soil mix with warm water that has orchid food in it. Throughout an orchid’s dormant time, blooms drop from the stem, and the stem may shrivel and turn gray or brown. Is the stem above the shoot brown? I’d like to send a picture of my orchid to show what it looks like to see if my orchid is okay. Discard the dead bloom in the trash and inspect the area for any dropped or broken pieces. After the orchid finishes blooming and the flower stem is completely dead, it should be carefully pruned back, encouraging the plant to produce new flowers. Thanks! Yes. Lastly, you mentioned that forced orchids take a year to get back to their natural bloom cycle so am I correct not to expect a bloom until Fall 2016 since I bought it in June? I am still if’y on the roots and re-potting. I’d like some advice and an opinion please and thank you !! I am hoping you might be able to help. The plant is generating new leaves so it’s still alive. Karen. However this will not effect it’s future blooms – if you already cut it back. You could use probiotics and fertilizer from if you want. Orchid beginners guide - #7 top orchid blogs in the world! My orchid stem was growing and hadn't bloomed yet, as I was putting another clamp on it the top broke off. Thank you so much, They will naturally turn brown and die. Very helpful! All you can do is try to give it the right amount if water, light and surroundings and wait. Make sure it’s potted in a singular pot (not two pots) with a drainage hole and only water when it’s VERY dry. Definitely not dead at all. The shoots where turning brown. Some people wait and see if the current spike may produce another spike but mine don’t normally do this. The leaves are a dark green and the plant is in a bark mixture. It could spike again… If you live where it’s getting cool at night – you can crack a window and give it some lower temperatures and it may “cue” it to spike. That sounds ok. You can cut it back all the way to the base though. I have cut one stem all the way back and used the cinnomon as suggested. If your orchids are producing new leaves and roots then it is healthy and growing. My question is, should I cut off the original shoot to encourage better growth of the new shoot? Also, my leaves aren’t perky and have wrinkles. I dont want to kill these beautiful plants!! John I hope anyone can give me an answer on this, because I'm getting really desperate here…, Ah and I changed its location from kitchen table to window. Healthy orchids can still have keiki, I think.”. I have a Phalaenopsis orchid that I had cut back completely. After reading your blog I got the nerve to remove the plastic covering, remove the pot from the pot and find the drainage holes. I felt exactly the same way when I started caring for orchids six years ago! It shouldn’t effect the one that is growing well if you do this. I repot it again and try to fertilize it. “Make sure it’s potted in a singular pot (not two pots) with a drainage hole and only water when it’s VERY dry. Is the old growth dead? Thank you so much for the compliment! (You won’t believe how many people throw orchids away after they are done blooming thinking the plant is dead!) The blooms dropping pretty soon after you get it is normal as shown here…, Thx for this awesome post! If the blooms are gone then I suggest cutting both stems back to the base. Thanks for replying. Your information has saved 2 of my orchids but I’m at a halt with my 3rd. Also you can always email me pics of it at You can repot it once the blooms fall if you like or you can wait a year. Thanks in advance for any help. Plus it’s good to see how their roots are doing and sometimes by doing this I have found really sad roots and had to go down a size in a pots. Which is good because I have a lot of orchids and that would take awhile Please help, y is over a year and a half that my orchid does not Bloom. Orchid blooms falling off can be normal as shown here…. My question is, do you think I should cut both stems off? If you dont mind I will send a picture of my orchid…just wanted to know what I can do about my orchid if it is experiencing a bud blast on one of the spikes. The blossoms fell off my orchid at work, but the stem still seems healthy & is growing! Orchid’s Stem Turning Red, Yellow, or Brown. Hi. I believe they need fresh mix about every two years to be on the safe side. You want to cut the stems down to the base, Hi hannah thanks for your reply is that at the first node bit I cut to then? Hi, I go an orchid for mothers day last year. When a new shoot grows it grows from an entirely different spot. Thanks Blooms stopped and I miss my baby. Wait to cut the stem back on the second one till the blooms fall. Your blog has helped me a lot with caring for my Orchid! The root is 1 1/2 in. Is there a way you can send me a picture at I had no idea what I was doing and there wasn’t a lot of helpful information for beginners on the internet. orchids. Yes I would cut the spike back and don’t water it till it’s completely dry. Hi again Hannah, I have a phalenopsis which had three flower spikes. You want to use a clean sharp cutting tool. I can’t figure out how to change the dates on my post without it messing up the eternal links. What’s a good temperature for it too rebloom? Unfortunately this can lead to them rotting and dying. If the stem is soft and rotting, trim down to the still-living green stem. Yes it’s safe to cut the stem back now and that is usually how I do it. The edges of the dead flower are always brownish. You cut the orchid stems (as directed above) at the base of the orchid. Mar 31, 2014 Rating: Cable's Reply NEW by: Cable Thompson It sounds like your plant is growing a keiki!It will mature into a complete plant; this is a natural way orchids (and particularly Phalaenopsis) propagate themselves.When the roots are a few inches long, you can carefully cut it off and pot it up separately, or the longer you can leave it attached the faster it will reach blooming size. I put some cinnamon on the wounds. I cut back each stem as I followed the video you have . The stalks never turned brown, the plant never really grew much and I just let it keep living. Mass production of orchids in green houses force them into bloom and then ship them to stores. I purchased a beautiful Phalaenopsis this summer in full bloom, and the blooms recently fell off. It was very helpful. I use the hard plastic containers from I’ve was SO sad when my ‘shoots’ were actually roots 😣 But now… I’m THRILLED!!! Thanks for the great wordblog, it reserves so many previous guidance in it! Leave it as it is or should the orchids be removed and potted. Is that important? Hi Hannah – I have been caring for my orchids using your advice and finally they seem to be turning a corner with new leaves and roots and even one with a new spike! Cut the stem with the hand pruner, leaving at least 1 inch of the stem extending above the base of the plant. My one only seems to have green stems before it flowers. If it’s super hot outside and/or they are in full sun then they should come inside. I’ve had this orchid for well over 5 years and I bought it from Tesco. Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. 1. Thanks again! 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