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What's up with my Phal?

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    Default What's up with my Phal?

    Hey guys!

    I'm kind of curious as to what's going on with my Phal. A couple of months ago it started a flower spike, and it just hasn't seemed to grow any in quite some time. It hasn't dried up, nor does the spike nub look unhealthy, it just stalled. Well, yesterday I noticed a new nub growing just next to the newest leaf coming up. I know a spike coming directly from the crown of the plant means (typically) imminent death for the plant, but this little nub isn't directly on top of the crown, just beside the new little leaf (a very odd place for it to retry a spike, considering there are plenty of viable lower leave axels for it to have tried). Does anyone have any ideas about what's going on with this guy? Is it just being its crazy orchid self?


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    Kelly sometimes external stressors, change in seasons, ect can cause a spike to stall. I wouldn't stress over it...just leave it be and see what happens

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    Perhaps try some Epsom salts, or something with magnesium sulphate.

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    new nub seems to me a keiki. I could be wrong. Phal looks healthy and looks normal and nothing to worry.

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    Your Phal does look great, I agree just keep doing whatever you have been doing and wait to see what craziness it's coming up with.

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    Thanks guys! Does anyone know what I should do with it after it blooms, as far as repotting goes? It hasn't been repotted for a couple of years, and due to neglect I almost let it die...so a lot of the bottom leaves fell off, leaving a woody, empty bottom as you can see in the full plant picture. all of the potted roots are fine still and it's throwing out new aerial roots like crazy. Should I repot it up to the leaves?

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    I don't know if its the best course, but that's probably what I would do, or close to it.

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    I would repot--I wouldn't go more than 2 years without changing the potting medium.

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    I'd repot so the plant is down even with the medium again and those aerial roots are down in the medium. At least it looks healthy otherwise and is still producing roots! Time will tell . . .

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    Well, it's definitely a flower spike at the top. No doubt now. Funny little thing...I guess it won't kill it, as it's not coming from the crown. Still an odd place to spike at!

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