Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 10 of 10
Like Tree9Likes
  • 1 Post By 78Terp
  • 2 Post By kspalding
  • 3 Post By BigSteve
  • 3 Post By k_andreev

Reblooming 2 spikes

This is a discussion on Reblooming 2 spikes within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello! I was wondering if anyone had any tips on making my plants bloom two ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    NGF
    NGF is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    9

    Default Reblooming 2 spikes

    Hello!

    I was wondering if anyone had any tips on making my plants bloom two spikes simultaneously rather than just one at a time.
    These were all two-spike phals when I got them, and I've been able to rebloom them a few times, but never two spikes at a time. Is this a fertilizing/lighting issue?

    Thanks!
    N

  2. #2
    78Terp's Avatar
    78Terp is offline An Avant Gardner
    Real Name
    Harvey
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    1-Neo falcata,2-Phal,3-Paph
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Littleton, Colorado
    Posts
    6,036
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    All of the above. Correct light, humidity fertilizer all will have bearing.

    Multiple spikes at home (as opposed to the forcing orchids experience in a nursery, I don't know their techniques) shows the orchid to be happy as it can be.

    I am not aware of any way, for hobbyists, to force multiple spikes.

    Maybe someone with more experience can give a tip or 2, or confirm my statements.

  3. #3
    NGF
    NGF is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    9

    Default

    I'm assuming the fertilizer plays a big role, in that when you get a new orchid from a shop the leaves are super bright green, which usually means +++ nitrogen.
    I know there are some special blooming fertilizers out there, but I figured those were for actually starting the bloom rather than to force multiple ones. Perhaps if I tried it when I see a new spike starting :/

  4. #4
    kspalding's Avatar
    kspalding is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kim
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattaleya and Intergeneric
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    982
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    In my experience double spikes are usually a factor of optimal conditions. Everything from the planting to the watering and fertilizing has to be ideal. I had one phal (in my life of trying) successfully produce multiple spikes and it produced THREE. But again, I was only able to do it once.

  5. #5
    Carolla's Avatar
    Carolla is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Carol
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phals, Catts, Onc. Alliance
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Eastern WA State, USA
    Posts
    1,503

    Default

    My big old Phal would bloom on a current spike and one or even two left over old ones. I don't think it ever sent up two at the same time. Just keep your plant happy and hope, I am not aware of any tricks to get two spikes at once.

  6. #6
    kspalding's Avatar
    kspalding is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kim
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattaleya and Intergeneric
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    982
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Careful with the thought that fertilizing more will produce results. Not true. Over fertilizing can cause serious damage to your plants.

  7. #7
    hank3443 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Hank Johnson
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Mostly Phals. (miniature)
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Ocean Grove, New Jersey
    Posts
    107
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I really can't tell you what will produce multiple spikes but I seem to have some success in doing so
    with my Phals. I keep my plants outside in summer and under lights during the cold months. I try to
    keep humidity with a humidifier and I spray top of medium most days, I find this fairly easy since I have
    a few mounted plants. I don't fertilize often indoors but when I do I'll add sea weed, fish or epsom salts
    to the mixture.Name:  IMG_0172.jpg
Views: 124
Size:  45.8 KB[ATTACH=CONFIG]7433Name:  IMG_0171.jpg
Views: 116
Size:  49.4 KB4[/ATTACH] A little difficult to see I'm sorry.

  8. #8
    BigSteve's Avatar
    BigSteve is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Steve
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paph Roth's
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    400
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I believe nurseries get Phal's to multiple spike by stopping them from spiking , sounds stupid but if you stop the plant by keeping temps high with little or no night time drop the plant will grow new leaves.Once the plant has grown multiple leaves there is a better chance of 2 or more spikes developing when you give them optimal conditions to spike.

  9. #9
    k_andreev's Avatar
    k_andreev is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Los angeles,California
    Posts
    1,496
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    2days ago I found that one of my phal has 2spikes .i believed the cool temperature and humidity play the roll.this one stay in my shade house all year.i'll make the picture for you tomorrow

  10. #10
    k_andreev's Avatar
    k_andreev is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Los angeles,California
    Posts
    1,496
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    As a promise,here's my plant today after soaking wet from the rain yesterday




    Last edited by k_andreev; December 1st, 2014 at 09:52 PM.

Similar Threads

  1. Phal Schilleriana and other orchids Spikes, spikes spikes...
    By Kita in forum **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: November 10th, 2012, 11:49 AM
  2. Reblooming Paphs and Phrags
    By jrfehon in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: February 14th, 2011, 05:01 PM
  3. Reblooming Question?
    By digimom in forum Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: June 29th, 2008, 07:35 PM
  4. Advise needed !!! for reblooming !!!
    By blue thunder in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: March 9th, 2008, 11:46 AM
  5. reblooming a dendrobium kingianum
    By waldo in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: March 25th, 2006, 04:12 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.