Pruning Phalaenopsis Orchids
Phalaenopsis orchids are among the most popular types of orchids. To have your orchid thrive and bloom for a long time, there are several things you need to consider.
For example, when choosing a blooming orchid, it’s best to pick the one with blooms and a few buds still waiting to open. This will ensure that you’ll have flowers for at least 2 months, often longer (they can bloom up to 4 months).
In case you want to make your orchid bloom for the second time in a year you should prune it. Pruning should be done with care and consideration so the orchid doesn’t get hurt.
Proper pruning is very important for a success. If you wish to make an orchid bloom for the second time in a year you must prune the stem. Also, consider root pruning and leaf pruning. It will ensure a better orchid care and a stronger plant.
Pruning and the Blooming Cycle
To understand pruning and the way to do it is important to understand an orchid’s blooming cycle. Phalaenopsis orchid has a blooming cycle that is about 2 to 4 months long. It is possible to make your orchid bloom for the second time in a year but the plant needs to be conditioned to do so and the best way to achieve it is through stem pruning.
When is the best time to prune your Phalaenopsis orchid? It’s best to do it late in the fall season. This is when the flower spike is becoming yellow and the plant had stopped blooming.
Keep in mind that stem pruning is allowed only on mature Phalaenopsis orchids that have foliage height of at least 12 inches. It’s important to start pruning your orchid after it has completed its blooming cycle and there are no visible buds.
To prune properly, it’s best to use a clean, sharp knife or a pair of garden clippers. Carefully prune the top portion of the stem. Make sure to cut the stem back to one inch above a node. You will recognize a node as a triangular shaped area on the stem.
The goal is to encourage the orchid to grow a new stem section, which will in turn rebloom in about three or four months.
Leaf pruning is important to improve the general health of your orchid. Sometimes, the leaves of an orchid can blacken. This can happen because of several different reasons, such as bacterial and fungal diseases, hard water or over-fertilizing.
It’s therefore useful to prune your orchid leaves if you notice these problems. Use a sterile, sharp knife or a blade and carefully trim the blackened parts of the leaves.
Root pruning is very helpful because it will keep you orchid strong and healthy. When you choose to repot your orchid, make sure to pay attention to its roots. Look for unhealthy roots that need to be pruned. You will easily recognize them: unhealthy roots are brown and mushy. Use a clean, sharp pair of scissors or clippers to prune them.