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To spike or not to spike

This is a discussion on To spike or not to spike within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I had a root-rotted phal put out a new spike, which barely grew before I ...

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    I had a root-rotted phal put out a new spike, which barely grew before I promptly snipped it off. Orchids need energy to concentrate on their roots and survival. It looks like a spike to me, but you should wait a bit to make sure (just in case it's a root and you don't want to cut off roots!). A root will eventually grow a silvery covering, while a spike will stay greenish red.

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    as i suspected it's a spike
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    Your should snip it off. On the plus side, your plant is looking better!

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    it also has a new root growing from the other side not visbale from the side the puctures were taken, and a new leaf is coming out as well, since it's getting better at the moment, i think i'll keep the spike if i'll see a stop in the plant progress i'll cut the spike off

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    The plant is going to use a lot of energy to push out that spike and blooms. I'd remove it so the plant can use that energy on more roots and leaves.

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