When To Cut Orchid Plants: Learn How To Prune An Orchid By: Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Image by Ant Ware Orchids are beautiful flowers that are great for growing indoors. While these little plants are fairly easy to look after, special care must be taken when pruning orchids. Follow these steps to properly prune off old wood to make room for new blooms. How to Prune an Orchid Different types of orchids require different pruning methods. Use the orchid pruning tips below to keep your orchids looking good and healthy. Phalaenopsis Orchid Make sure you have super sharp pruning shears to use on your orchid. The sharper the shears, the cleaner the cut will be. A clean cut makes for a healthier orchid. While the orchid is still blooming, cut back the flowers that are fading. Removing the orchid blooms that have finished will not only keep your plant looking neat but will increase its vitality. Make a clean even cut directly back to the main branch. Keep this up while the plant is blooming. When the Phalaenopsis orchid is completely done blooming and all the flowers have faded, you can do the major pruning. Most orchids will go dormant in the fall, so plan on doing your pruning then. Trim the stem that had the blooms on it off about an inch away from the main stalk. Make the cut clean and even. If there are any places on the stalk that have turned yellow or brown, cut...
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