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What do I do with this phal?

This is a discussion on What do I do with this phal? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have never had a keiki on a spike before. Now I have 2! The ...

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    I have never had a keiki on a spike before. Now I have 2!

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    Cool!! I don't know what you do now, but love looking at them.

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    It seems I have figured out how to grow phals, I have some beautiful plants. I just need to figure out how to bloom them. I have a poor track record, IMO, blooming them.

    I have one that just poked a spike out. And one that I had decided to cut the spike off looks like it has decided to grow a new spike from that nub. And one grocery store rescue that bloomed a couple months ago. Beyond that. I am not responsible for any phal spikes. They were all purchased in bloom and most of them since January, maybe I am expecting too much, too soon?

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    Some Phals, especially big standard Phals, tend to be winter bloomers naturally. For some it takes a period of cool nights in the fall to trigger flowering, or commercially this can be handled artificially. For any orchid that tends to be a season bloomer, if it hasn't had a full year to adjust to your conditions (with an understanding of its requirements) and then goes past the normal bloom season you can't even begin to say you're doing something wrong.

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