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What Should I Do After My Phalaenopsis Is Done Blooming?

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Question: What Should I Do After My Phalaenopsis Is Done Blooming?
Answer: This is probably the most common question posed by new phalaenopsis owners. Once the phalaenopsis is done blooming, the flowers will shrivel and fall from the flower spike. At this point, you have two choices. If you want to attempt to stimulate another bloom, snip off the old spike just under the first bloom, leaving two nodes intact. The plant will sometimes bloom again from an old spike. If you aren't concerned with this, snip the old spike off near the base. Whenever you cut into an orchid, use sterilized snippers to prevent the spread of diseases.
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