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What to do with the spike after its done flowering

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    Default What to do with the spike after its done flowering

    I have a Miltassia C.M. Fitch 'Izumi' and its almost done flowering and i'm not sure what i'm supposed to do witht he spike after all the flowers are gone. it will take at least a couple of weeks for all the flower to fall but i wanna make sure i know what to do when the time comes. i already repotted it and it seems to be doing great, right now it has 6 pseudobulb and 4 new growths on the way, should i divide it or just let it be.

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    From what i gather the spike will not flower again so i would cut it. If you divide it you must have 3 or more pseudobulbs per division but if you want a specimen plant then leave it alone....it will give you a better display/number of spikes, as it increases the amount of p-bulbs it has. Once it grows a new p-bulb that will be your future host for a new spike when it matures. If your culture/conditions are sufficient. Once the new growth is mature it will either produce a new p-bulb or spike depending.

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    I would go with Andrew's advice. The only member of the 0ncidium family I know that continues to flower and even produces keikis from the old spike is Tolumnia ( see attached picture). Of course, phals keep on blooming from the old spikes and put out the occasional keiki (attached pix).
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    Cool, i guess i will be cutting the spike lol. how do you make your plant grow keikis

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    Actually I don't do anything. They just grow, a charcteristic of Tolumnia and Phal. But I understand there is a product sold in the US called 'Keiki Paste' or something that encourages the growth of keikis when applied to phal spikes or other parts of the orchid plant where there are 'eyes' like on pseudobulbs or on the lower part of vandas. I have not used the product myself but some of our OTF have, and may offer better advice.

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    Your orchid is fast growing and in a year you can divide it. No need for keiki paste. As for dividing now, you can do that if you like, but I recommend growing it into a large showy plant. The new growths will each produce a p-bulb and each of them will also produce a spike on a healthy plant. Cut off the spike that has flowered about an inch or half inch from where it leaves the plant. If you do not cut it off, eventually it will turn brown and brittle and you can just break it off. Either way, that spike is finished.

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    Thanks again!!! i will just cut the spike off and just leave my plant alone until its ready to be divided =)

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    Hiya Raver, even though I know Bruce is right, I tend to leave the old spikes on the plant until they (A) start to wither, or (B) turn brown in colour. But that is more to do with the fact that I nearly get more excited over a keiki than I do the actual blooms. I always think a keiki is a gift from the plant to say "thanks for looking after me properly". Probably sounds daft - but we all have our moments ; )

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