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    I have a Phalaenopsis Orchid and about a month ago it had finished flowering. I have a new spike starting to grow now. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] What should be done with the old one? Do I trim it off at the base of the plant, or just let it there?


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    If the old spike is dead (dried out, straw yellow), there's no reason to leave it on the plant - so you might as well cut it off at the base. Cut it short but don't worry about leaving a 1/2" or so. It won't hurt anything and it's more important not to damage the surrounding living tissue when you make the cut.

    If it's still green, leave it be - it might re-bloom.

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    I just leave old spikes and, when they're old and dry and I happen to be nearby with scissors in my hand, I cut them off. I leave an inch or two. There's no benefit in hurrying.
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    Is it true that if you leave 2 inches of old stem baby orchids will sprout from it?

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    Some Phals grow babies (keikis) without any encouragement. My Phal pulchra is one such species, but it seems to grow separate spikes for blooms and keikis. There's a special hormone paste called KeikiGro, or something like that, that can turn a Phal flower bud to a vegetative bud. I've never used it, but it's a relatively low-tech way to replicate a prized Phal.
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