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Sudden burst of aerial roots on my Phal.

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    Default Sudden burst of aerial roots on my Phal.

    So, you guys (or at least some of you) have seen the pictures of my monster Phal. that think it's a Vanda. It's been putting out leaf after leaf after leaf (it's working on two at the same time at the moment) and has threw 2 or 3 aerial roots more toward the base of the plant. All of a sudden, with the temperature drops at night for the past few weeks, it's begun to put out 4 huge aerial roots all at once toward the middle/upper part of the plant. Is this normal? Does it have anything to do with the temperature drop or is it merely coincidence? I'm a little bummed, as I was hoping for spikes due to the temperature change. (I never thought these were spikes, by the way. I've grown these things long enough to know the difference from the second I see them)

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    The temperature change can have triggered the root growth or the plant need more water to support it´s increased body mass. (A change of condition could trigger most things in orchid growth...)

    I would check the media and the roots in the pot as massive root growth could be triggered by the need of more water, and that could be due to loss of roots . Just to be on the safe side.

    Otherwise it is not unusual that a massive growth of leaves are followed by root growth.

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    My personal experience has been that phals like warm temperatures but are stressed by temperatures that are too hot. Here, in South Florida, my phals grow very well in the spring and early summer. They seem to slow down in mid summer when it's very hot. Then they get a burst of energy at the end of the summer when it's just a little bit cooler. They love daytime temperatures in the 80-85 degree range with slightly cooler nights. That's just my opinion from what I've observed.

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    Interesting! We've had plenty of upper 90 and 100+ days and this guy didn't skip a beat. Just happily kept growing more and more leaves. It's like a Chuck Norris Phal. It just doesn't give a ****.

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    I think as the size of the Phal gains its mass the aerial roots are to keep the balance. I notice that with my Phals root growth happens during or after a leaf is grown. Hope you get a spike soon! Stress it out some more it will not flower if it is too pampered

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    hi,
    i have also the same problem with my phalaenopsis. 5 out of six rebloomed except this one. i thought it is also a VANDA!
    hope someone out there will tell us whats going on w/ our phalaenopsis.

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    Most of my potted Phals have aerial roots. Its quite common nothing to worry about. As long as the plant is healthy and flowering enjoy your phals. I don't mist my phals so the aerial roots die back naturally and I trim with a sharp sterile knife to tidy it up.

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    Well, my suspicion was (thankfully!) correct. I had a feeling that once it started putting out all these aerial roots, it was preparing to spike...and lo and behold, it now has two spikes going! I was really shooting for two this year, and all the new leaves and roots it put out seem to have paid off.

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    well, there goes your 'perfect record' of no blooming orchids.

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    I don't count Phals, so the record still holds.

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