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Phal spike in June ?

This is a discussion on Phal spike in June ? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm doing something right this year. First I finally got a vanda to spike. And ...

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    I'm doing something right this year. First I finally got a vanda to spike. And now, a big box store "rescue" phal is spiking in June???

    I got this phal sometime in late April from the big box store who had it in a discount rack. $8.00 if I remember correctly. These where big phals that were wrapped in a plastic wrapper, pot and all. The pot was in a plastic-inside-clay pot with all dried out sphagnum moss, the leaves were getting yellow, the green leaves are wrinkled, the roots were mostly black with a few green ones here and there, the old spike was still sticking out of the plastic wrapper denuded of blooms except one almost dead one. I chopped off the dead roots and leaves and repotted in special phal bark mix. I didn't chop off the old spike to give the one dying bloom a graceful exit. Put it in the west-facing back patio which is on the opposite side of the house from my other orchids to make sure it won't pass any diseases or something.

    I was wondering a bit on the new "branch" that was growing out the side of the old spike, so I didn't chop off the spike even after the final bloom dropped off. I'm looking at it now and it is definitely a new set of flowers. In summer! This is really weird. I mean, I'm loving it, of course. I'm just puzzled. What do y'all think?


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    Tess, this is so exciting! Having blooms of a half dead plant that you resqued! That is a great gift...A reward!!! Enjoy it and don't forget to post the blooms!!!

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    Thanks, Margo!

    By the way, I forgot to mention, there were only 2 green leaves left on the plant. The leaf with the water droplets is from another "rescue" phal I got at the same time sitting next to it. But, there is a new leaf coming out at the same time that the blooms are starting to develop. Wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchid_killer View Post
    This is really weird. I mean, I'm loving it, of course. I'm just puzzled. What do y'all think?
    What do I think? I think it's time you changed your screen name!!!


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    Phals know when it's time to bloom and if something happens to the first set of buds, usually it'll go ahead and grow the spike longer and bloom again. If you trim it back it'll sprout new branches from the original spike. Some trim the spike all the way back and rest the plant.

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