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    Very impressive. Good growing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus A View Post
    Looking really good!

    It have grown well and probably stored enough energy to put out a spectacular bloom! Now you just to find out how to initiate one or two spikes. As you write it probably will bloom in the winter as phals usually initiate spikes as the temperature turn down in the autumn.

    Looking forward to pictures of future flowers!

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    Yes sir, right on. Last year it started spiking in october/november and was finally in bloom around February. This particular Phal. takes a very long time to go from spike to bloom. Only one spike last year, but with the amount that it has grown and bright light it's received since then I'm hoping to get two this time around. This was the same plant in bloom (on the last couple of days before the flowers fell off) in around May-ish:

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    Wow!! Nice job! Perhaps this is the reward you got for chopping the spike all the way down right away. The plant obviously had some energy reserves it needed to put somewhere!

    I find that my NOID phals grow fairly quickly and flower much more often than my dens and paphs. Can't say much for the catts, because I just started collecting them, so we'll have to see how they measure up to the NOIDs, but so far the NOIDs are definitely the most floriferous. I rely on them to keep me looking at something pretty until my dens and paphs get with the program.

    My species phals, however, are another thing entirely. Watching my violaceas and bellinas grow a single leaf is like watching paint dry...except that paint dries faster. I also have a Phal Mariae that I would swear was fake if I hadn't seen the roots for myself. I bought it in spike a couple of months ago, and I honestly can't tell you if the spike has gotten even a millimeter bigger since I bought the thing.

    Patience is a virtue...or so they say...

    But heck, I don't know if any of my phals could measure up to your growth rate over these last couple of months! Hopefully you'll get a major show out of your plant when it blooms! Can't wait to see pics!

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    Don't forget to post pictures when it blooms.

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    I have a couple like this, though I've never actually tracked their growth rate. They just put out tons and tons of leaves, and then get top heavy! They haven't flowered in a couple of years though, so I hope yours does with the rate it's producing leaves!

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