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Phalaenopsis (NOID) -not finished blooming yet??

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    Default Phalaenopsis (NOID) -not finished blooming yet??

    Hi all,

    Hope everyone had a great holiday. Between pet sitting & health issues, my orchids took a back seat the last several months.

    However, the last I was on here, this PHALAENOPSIS (NOID) had bloomed around the end of September (or October??...sorry, lost track of time.). I DID post pics - here's the plant several months ago.

    When I asked about when to cut the spike, people said the blooms will dry up/fall off, and when they do, then I can cut it back.

    WELL....THEY NEVER DID..no kidding. The blooms faded in color but they stayed right on there. I decided to let it be and see what happens.

    It had a "dormant" period, where it didn't need as much water, stopped growing, etc., but the STILL the blooms stayed on. This period lasted at least 3 months.

    The other day, I thought I was losing my mind when I checked on it AND IT HAS A NEW BUD ON IT, yes, it's opening shortly. The old ones are STILL on there too, with this one ahead of the old ones.

    Has anyone heard of this and why would this happen? I would have been less surprised if it died than THIS!!

    Any ideas?

    Many thanks,

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    It's a very pretty phal!

    No idea, but sounds like it is just a long lived and happy blooming cycle. Enjoy it while it lasts. And I have converted to not cutting a spike off until it is dried up.

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    No worries. I had one Phal that was in bloom almost for a year. as long as the blooms are coming and the Phal looks healthy just enjoy the blooms

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    My red phal seems to have the same condition. The old blooms have faded a little but the spike is now elongated with three more buds. And new leaves and roots are also growing now.
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    here in hot Philippines, I don't cut off the spike after flowering. Phals seems very exhausted with the heat, instead of producing another spike they tend to sprout another set of bloom on the tip of the same spike. and the flower count increases every succeeding blooms. however, the leaves tend to appear smaller then another larger leaves develop. strange but I think the plant conserve much of its energy by letting the old spike retain than producing new spike. I just cut the old spike when it withered.

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