Care: Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I cut the flower spike when it is finished
The simple answer: When most orchids have finished blooming, the
spike should be cut of with a sharp, sterile blade as close to the
base of the spike as is practical. Of all of the more commonly available
orchids, only phalaenopsis (the moth orchid) will re-bloom from
its old spike.
Phalaenopsis will generally re-bloom given a little extra care.
The spike should be cut between the scar left by the first flower
and the last node (swollen, jointed area on the stem). One of the
lower nodes will then initiate a new spike that will generally produce
flowers within eight to 12 weeks. Younger or weaker plants may not
re-bloom. It is also a good idea to cut the spike off entirely by
midsummer to allow the plant to grow strongly to produce next year's