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Phal Naples Nights

This is a discussion on Phal Naples Nights within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering if anyone had one of these and if you do, can you ...

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    I was wondering if anyone had one of these and if you do, can you share a pic? Mine looks great, two new leaves and exceptionally healthy roots, but the spike is brown, looks completely dried out.(?) Is this normal for some types of phals? I don't know.

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    Sorry, I should've said~the main spike, main stem, whatever...I'm looking for a pic.

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    Okay found a pic, sorry it's a little blurry, but you can see it's the same color as the bamboo stake. Is this normal? Or not good?:

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    Did the spike grow out normally, green, and then turn brown? Or did it grow out that color?

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    It already looked like that when I received it in the mail.

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    Was it supposed to be "In Spike"? Cause I have to think that spike is dead... Maybe the person who sent it was hoping it would branch or keiki; but I don't think that is going to happen. I've never had a viable spike/stem that color.

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    Lore, definitely cut the spike off, down as close as you can to where it comes out of the plant. Live ones are a dark maroon-green--there's some green in them, in any case. That one's toast....

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    How would I be able to tell if it's a keiki or not? I've never seen one in person, only in photos here. It doesn't look like it will spike again. If I cut off the dead spike, if it is indeed a dead spike, where should I cut it off at? Thanks for your help Diane, I appreciate it!

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    Oh we just posted at the same time, Louis. Thanks for the advice! I'll do it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lore
    How would I be able to tell if it's a keiki or not? I've never seen one in person, only in photos here. It doesn't look like it will spike again. If I cut off the dead spike, if it is indeed a dead spike, where should I cut it off at? Thanks for your help Diane, I appreciate it!
    A keiki, of course, is a little phal with leaves and roots growing from a spike. I think once you've noticed little leaves that definitely don't look like buds, then you've got a keiki!

    For dead spikes, cut them off about 1/2 inch to 1 inch from the base. If you can't stand seeing spike stubs, then cut it as close as possible, being careful not to injure the phal itself.

    I usually cut live bloomed out spikes too. I find a second blooming isn't as good as the first one. That bamboo colored spike looks dried up (dead). If you feel a dried spike, it feels like straw. Well, the phal will always spike in the future, and good luck!

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