Trimming orchids

Can orchids be cut back after blooming? My orchids seem to want to grow sideways.
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Most orchids are sympodial, which means their new growth comes from the base of the previous growth. The plant ends up with several plantlets or sections, called pseudobulbs, connected by a rhizome. If you want to cut the plant back so it will fit into the same pot, the oldest pseudobulbs can be cut off and discarded. Always keep at least four pseudobulbs together so your plant won't skip bloom seasons. When you repot the remaining pseudobulbs, put the oldest pseudobulb against the side of the pot so the rest of the space is open for new growth.


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