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Jeffrey Kirby ez043438 at barney.ucdavis.edu
Wed May 17 11:47:20 EST 1995

Best place to go with orchid questions is rec.gardens.orchids

The story behind cutting the Phalaenopsis "flower spike" (actually a 
raceme, I believe) is good if it has browned and died. Always cut orchids 
with a sterile blade though, which can be achieved by using a brand new 
razor blade or by flaming a used one in a propane torch for a few seconds 
or by several other methods. If you leave the raceme there, or cut it to 
one of the nodes (the spots where the flowers are coming out), it may 
grow again and produce more flowers.

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        Jeffrey A. Kirby -- Jester of Xanadu -- jakirby at ucdavis.edu

Serving the Bay Area for nearly 20 years.

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