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Question on Phal stalks

This is a discussion on Question on Phal stalks within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Is there a way to "encourage" a Phal to send up two stalks instead of ...

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    Default Question on Phal stalks

    Is there a way to "encourage" a Phal to send up two stalks instead of just one? or is it just luck of the draw?

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    Strong phals with big leaves and lot of roots tend to throw out 2 spikes. If not, then the one spike will branch and you get higher flower count.
    I have seen phals with 20 feet long or longer spikes (and two of those!). Amazing, eh!

    Cheers. Hoa.

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    I think genetics are also a factor. I have a massive phal that flowers every 10 months, and I've never gotten more than one spike or any branches.


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