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This is a discussion on First orchid Spike! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; After nearly two years of (not so successfully) growing orchids I have my first spike! ...
After nearly two years of (not so successfully) growing orchids I have my first spike! A miniature box store Phal I picked up about 6 months ago, this little guy had THREE spikes in bloom when I picked him up and I wasn't expecting to see flowers again for another year! Here's hoping my prized Paph Macabre Lady and Dendrobium Spectabile get their butts in gear and spike for me as well.
good growing and good luck
It's great feeling to get that first spike.. Hoping its the first of many
Congratulations on your first orchid spike!
Belated congratulations! keep us posted!!!!!
Here is an update on my mini-phal spike! At what point should I stake this spike?
Immediately!!! While it is still supple enough to gently bend it up towards a stick and tie or clip it thereto.
If this is one of the miniature hybrids you might like to try a satay stick- you can get these sticks for sqewering chicken etc Asian-style, which are just the right size and thickness for training miniature Phals and other orchids with more delicate stems for which the regular kind of stick is too long or gross.
OR... you could do what I do with miniature phals: they so want to go sideways that I just let them; no training or support, but free like a bird! However it is easier for me because they all hang from the trellises on the wall. (The larger phals naturally orient their flower spikes more upward anyway, and so are better for staking.)
Oh I am so dumb! I now see that you say it is a mini-phal like I suspected.
Thanks Pindar! It is now happily staked!