Re: Pruning Moth Orchid???????????

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Posted by TomR on June 28, 2003 at 06:26:18:

In Reply to: Re: Pruning Moth Orchid??????????? posted by Jane on April 15, 2003 at 15:29:22:

: I'm not sure where to post this...but I have a follow up QUESTION:
: FIrst, I also have a lot of new growth on my orchid, but there's an old stem (no leaves) that has nothing on it. Still, it looks REDDISH and I feared it was health so, although it's ungainly, I don't want to cut it. My SECOND question is: Near the earth are wormy-looking green sprounts about 4-5 inches long. What are they?

You can cut off the old stem OR you can leave it. Sometimes the old stem will form new flower buds or a Keiki, that is a baby phal. IF that happens wait until the babies roots are an inch long then cut it off and pot it up. The "wormy looking green sprouts" sound like arial roots. The tips are green right? These are one of my favorite things about phals! VERY interesting to watch grow. Let them roam free...Tom

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