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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; Hi First of all i know it's "MIA CULPA" this phal was almost a goner, ...

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    First of all i know it's "MIA CULPA" this phal was almost a goner, the sun burn is from the hot israeli summer this what happenes when you rush to work cause you wake up late
    i post a thread about my daying phal and got some advise on how to try and save them.
    i left the yellow leaf so that plant will have balance the other dear leaves i cutted off.
    i checked the phal. today and saw a new spike (is it realy a spike?), I think it's strange that the plant put off a spike when it has only 2 small roots (air roots) and 2 leaves i would excpect it to try and grow new roots and leaves first.
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    that poor orchid!!!!

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    Wow, that is pretty strange. Well, seems it's determined to bloom Don't know if that would be to healthy for the plant at this point though

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    It's probably a last ditch effort to reproduce. This can happen with severely stressed orchids.

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    the question is if i do cut the spike now at such an early stage, won't the plant try to put out another spike again?

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    could be a keiki too... I had Phals in worst condition tha I bought as closeouts that are growing new leaves/ roots.
    I would wait and see...

    that sphagnum in the leaf is no good and the one in the pot looks too soaked.
    coconut chips work for me.

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    it looks too soaked becuase the photo was taken after i soaked it.
    it dries up very quickely so does the moss. i spray the moss each morning and after a few hours it's already dry.

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    Anyway would cut off the yellow leaf and remove the sphagnum from the crown...

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    I don't think it is actually on the crown, looks more like it's just on the air root, and as it seems the air root is one of the few surviving roots, as long as the moss dries out ok and there is no water sitting in the crown, I don't think it would hurt.

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    If indeed it is a spike I would definately remove it. I almost lost one of my favorite phals by letting a stress spike develope. The spike developed and matured quickly just after I had repotted it and discovered lots of rotted roots. Plant is very slowly recovering. When the spike did bloom the flowers wilted within a day or two.

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