Hi Its Val, I havent been on here for ages but had to reply to this question about cutting the leaves off orchids, Dont do it!!! I cut the leaves off of one of my best orchids because it was wonky and kept falling over, big mistake! I was advised never to cut the leaves off as the orchid breathes through its leaves. 2 years later and the one I cut has just 2 tiny leaves growing on it though it did bloom a bit last year. All my other orchids are just coming into bloom now, one of the white ones is covered in flowers and all of the others are in bud. This is despite spending a few weeks in the hall or spare bedrooms, so they are a lot hardier than they look! I always ask for them for mothers day or easter gifts. I love them. so good luck to all of you.