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How to Trim Orchid Plants


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Orchids are beautiful and delicate flowers. When pruning an orchid, it is important to do so in sync with the orchid’s natural rhythm in order to prevent causing the plant shock. Since orchids have few leaves and blooms, not much grooming is required; it is important to prune orchids as infrequently as possible to prevent causing the plant damage.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Room temperature water
    1. Remove damaged or dead leaves after they have completely withered, turned yellow and are completely limp. When the leaf is ready to be removed, it will detach from the stem with the gentlest of tugs. If the leaf does not pull away easily, leave it for a day or two and then try again.
    2. Cut the flower stem or spike from the orchid when it has lost color and has become brown, withered and crispy. The flower stem should be cut at the base between the leaves. This step is vital to getting the orchid to bloom again in the future.
    3. Trim the orchid roots when they lose their volume and become flat, discolored and withered. Stop pruning the roots if live root tissue can be seen inside the cut root.
    4. Water the orchid well with room temperature water after root trimming to help prevent shock.

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