If You Want Healthier And More Vibrant Orchid Blooms, Here’s How And When To Prune This Beautiful Plant

Orchids come in mainly two growth types– Monopodial and Sympodial.

Monopodial orchids, like the popular Phalaenopsis, grow upwards from a single stem. Meanwhile, Sympodial types, such as Cattleyas and Dendrobiums, spread outwards.

Understanding this difference is crucial when pruning. For Monopodial orchids, you’ll focus on trimming old flower spikes, whereas for Sympodial orchids, you’ll need to look for old pseudobulbs to prune.

How To Prune For Prolonged Blooms

It’s important to note that pruning isn’t just about plant health; it’s also about prolonging the beauty.

By carefully pruning flower spikes after blooms have faded, especially in Monopodial orchids, you encourage new flower spikes to grow.

All you have to do is cut just above a node (a small bump on the stem) that’s closest to the base of the plant. This will then encourage the plant to produce another spike for a continued display of flowers.

Health First: Removing Damaged Leaves

Also, keep in mind that pruning isn’t always about encouraging growth. Sometimes, leaves can just become diseased or rotten, and it’s essential to remove them to prevent the spread.

In these cases, use your sterilized shears to cut the leaf at the base where it meets the stem. Just be careful not to damage any healthy tissue.

Removing these leaves not only improves the plant’s health but also its appearance.

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