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Watering In Spike Orchid

This is a discussion on Watering In Spike Orchid within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Two of my phalaenopsis orchids are in spike. I have read that one should be ...

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    Two of my phalaenopsis orchids are in spike. I have read that one should be careful not to move orchids that are in spike. Is this to be taken literally or does this just mean that if taken to the sink to water the orchid should be put back in the exact position once returned? I have only watered them once since they have spike and I water them where they were but this was not the optimal situation.

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    I've taken mine to the sink with no detrimental effects. I am careful to place them in the position they were in - Phal's don't seem to be too picky, though.

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    I too take them to the sink to water them. But i am very careful not to "disturb" or accidentally hitting the spike or it might break off (As we all know phal's spike are brittle) and place them back to its position. Nothing Fancy.

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    not moving in spike suggestion is under following conditions
    1) avoid drastic change in temperature/humidity for a long duration would blast the spike. short walk to the kitchen sink and back should be ok
    2) avoid accidental injury to the spike there by either aborting the spike or causing an irreparable damage. However careful we are , many of us have done it. ..over protective parent i suppose.

    congrats and all the very best and do share the pictures of the pals.

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    In addition to the good advice above, I believe the "don't move" refers to orientation with respect to the light source, for the most part.

    Kept in a constant orientation, the flowers will all have the tendency to face more-or-less in one direction. When they're all (or mostly) open, you can position it for the best "show". Rotate it while the buds are developing, and they will be randomly arranged, and just not look as good.

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I now understand exactly what to do. The small NOID that is in spike is the most exciting one right now as I bought it out of bloom and have no idea what the flower color is. I would hate to break the spike and have to wait another year to find out.

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