I've tried everything...cutting back the entire stem, cutting back to the next new-looking growth, expensive orchid fertilizer, the right humidity, temperature, patience, the list goes on.
For $14, these ugly sticks are easily replaced ever 2-3 months. But I carry intense guilt each time I chuck their mossy little roots into the compost, because I know that deep down, the plant is still alive and kickin'.
Although, that guilty feeling seems to fade fast whenever a new one makes an appearance.
They seem to be a decorator's best friend, adding instant interest to any space. As a sculptural element atop a bedroom dresser, bathroom counter, accent table, or to add a shot of color, and they're cheap compared to an average bouquet of blooms that last less than a week.
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