Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 4 of 4

Question on Phal's

This is a discussion on Question on Phal's within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just got 2 Phals, & I'm fairly new to Orchids. After their blooms fall ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    OrchidTraci's Avatar
    OrchidTraci is offline Running is my drug
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Western New York
    Posts
    1,129

    Default Question on Phal's

    I just got 2 Phals, & I'm fairly new to Orchids. After their blooms fall off, should the plant be cut back at all, or will it rebloom where the flowers were before ? HELP!!

  2. #2
    LJA's Avatar
    LJA
    LJA is offline OrchidTalk Tech Admin
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Clarksville, Arkansas
    Posts
    3,778
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Hi OrchidTraci,

    Most orchids won't bloom again on their old spikes, but Phals are a little different: the spike itself won't bloom again, but it may very well begin growing a branching spike that *will* bloom. If you don't mind looking at a "stick" for a while (the old spike), the plant itself will let you know what it's doing. If, afer a month or so, the spike dies back and turns brown and woody down to the leaves, go ahead and cut it off. If, on the other hand, it only dies back a node or two from the tip, clip off the dead part and leave the rest which should stay looking greenish-violet. It will eventually form a branch that will either bloom again or make a baby plant (called a "keiki" in the lingo) which, once it develops roots, can be cut off and potted.

    Just be sure, if you do any cutting on live material, that you use either a clean razor blade or shears that have been sanitized by flame or chemical means.

  3. #3
    OrchidTraci's Avatar
    OrchidTraci is offline Running is my drug
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Western New York
    Posts
    1,129

    Thumbs up

    Thanks so much L, I'm glad for a quick reply. I have 4 books on orchids but I have never found an answer to this in any! They mostly talk about cuttings on the sympodial orchs.
    Thanks again

  4. #4
    LJA's Avatar
    LJA
    LJA is offline OrchidTalk Tech Admin
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Clarksville, Arkansas
    Posts
    3,778
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Not a problem; glad to help!

    Cheers,

Similar Threads

  1. Is Something Sucking My Phal's
    By Bikerdoc5968 in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: December 11th, 2007, 11:32 AM
  2. NEW pics of Phal's and Id Please
    By cocanut in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: February 15th, 2006, 07:52 AM
  3. Phal's that are still in boom :D
    By cocanut in forum Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: February 8th, 2006, 06:54 PM
  4. Two Phal's at my house
    By jenn in forum Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: July 25th, 2005, 01:12 PM
  5. My Phal's
    By OrchidTraci in forum Photography Archive 1
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: May 24th, 2004, 06:08 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.