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Posted 3M ago by @AggroResting

Should I cut the flower to protect my black velvet?
Looks like my black velvet is flowering. I have read that this can use up all their energy & they die after. Should I snip it now or is it too late? #AlocasiaAddicts #BlackVelvetAlocasia
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 6 days ago
It is usually cut early in formation to conserve energy. If you leave the flower and the plant appears to struggle, use a little fertilizer when you water.
@Pegster can I cut it now? I only noticed it today
I’m sure you can cut it anytime.
I was always too scared to cut my Polly's flower.οΏΌ it's had such a rough life I decided to just let it grow on its own. It finally dried up and withered away but I'm still not touching it.οΏΌ
@sarahsalith Did/is Polly's overall health suffer during her flowering process, or did all her leaves remain?
@tmbryant37 Honestly, my Polly looks better than ever!οΏΌ It's been a long two years.οΏΌ

Besides, in nature, they bloom!οΏΌ
I let mine flower and it did seem to kill one leaf. I cut the blooms off when they started to fade. I think mine was already a little stressed; if I had fertilized prior/during to formation or had the perfect light it might have been fine.
Yep definitely lost a couple leaves to the flower :/ Ive fertilized & hoping for the best. If it doesn’t work out I have 2 corms from this plant as back up πŸ˜‚
You can definitely prune now - she’ll redirect her energy to the leaves!

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