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Moth Orchids - Cutting back old stems


Can anyone tell me if now, August, is a good time to cut back old flower stems down to about an inch on these Moth Orchids?  If not what time of year is best.  Also if I were to cut them back how long should it be before I saw signs of new growth?  One other thing would it harm them if I were to repot them now in new orchid compost and while doing this should I cut off any dead roots?  These are the first Moth Orchids I've kept and I just want to do what's best for them to encourage them to flower again.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,472

    If you feel down the stem until you come to a nobbly bit, that is where a new flowering shoot will come from. Cut just above it.  Orchid compost is fairly inert. I don't repot, just add baby bio orchid feed when I give it a weekly soak.

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