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Another spike after blooming

This is a discussion on Another spike after blooming within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, I have a large white phal . actually (2) that i have had ...

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    Hi everyone, I have a large white phal. actually (2) that i have had for about five years. They have just finished blooming and i decided to repot and not wait for spring when i usually do it, the medium seemed to be breaking down and i also had the time. The plants have sent out spikes every year at approximately the same time. They also had spikes from the previous year that bloomed one before and one after the new spike, anyway i cut all the spikes off both plants and during repotting i happened upon another spike just starting. I know some Phals. bloom more then once during the year but these Phals. been pretty consistent. I was just wondering if this is normal or a rarity.
    Thanks Hank.......

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    It depends on the plant, its genetics, and the conditions. It is not unusual for a Phal. to bloom more than once a year, but some do it more than others.


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    Sounds like good news to me! It will take that spike time to mature and since you removed the other spikes, the blooms will likely be larger. Sounds like your orchids are well cared for in you collection, Hank.


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