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    Ok... so the time has come that the original 3 flowers that came with the orchid are wilting now. Since then, 3 new flowers have bloomed with more on the way. Should I cut the 3 wilting flowers off and leave the rest alone?
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    You may cut them off be sure to dip your knife of scissors in rubbing alcohol first to sterilize it to avoid introducing pathogens to your orchid. Likely however, they will shrivel rapidly and drop off in a day or two by themselves.

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    Thanks Josh... I just wasn't sure if leaving them was detrimental to the other flowers (as with african violets which usually need to be deadheaded). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    I don't let a new orchid do much flowering. It's experienced stress and that sometimes encourages a plant to put everything it has into flowering and trying to reproduce. I like to see some flowers, but then I cut spikes and try to encourage new roots and leaves, in that order.
    Bruce in CT

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    Ah a grower after my own heart...he knows the order of importance

    1.roots
    2.leaves
    3.flowers

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    Which brings me to another point... how do you reproduce an orchid?
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    Cyps arent that expensive, My local orchid house sells them for around 45 bucks for C. parviflorum(these are mature plants) and 25 for C.reginae seedlings.

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