Pruning orchids is easier than pruning roses or hydrangeas, because orchids don’t need shaping. Instead, pruning serves to remove dead or damaged parts of the plant. Dead leaves, flowers, or roots should be removed before they attract pests or disease. Pruning is sometimes necessary when dividing and repotting an orchid.
Start by cleaning sharp garden clippers with rubbing alcohol, dilute bleach solution, or hot water and soap. These methods don’t completely sterilize the blades, but they’re sufficient to prevent the spread of plant infections. Prune away any dead or damaged parts of the plant. Cuts can be made as close as possible, taking care not to harm nearby leaves or roots.
If there’s more than one orchid to prune, clean the blades in between each plant. The idea is to prevent the spread of nasty viruses or bacteria. Tackle each orchid’s pruning needs all at once to minimize the number of times you’ll need to clean your blades.
It’s also possible to prune a Phal’s fading flower spike, and force it to rebloom. Always clean your clippers or scissors before attempting this pruning trick.
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