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Is this going to bloom again

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    I was in the local big box tonight and for some reason I go into auto pilot straight to the clearance rack. They of course have no use for plants once they have finished blooming so they discount them. So today I came across a few that had just finished blooming. The plants are in good condition (roots and all). I restrained myself to only buying one ($7.00) "Leopard Prince". The one I picked still has the spiked that just bloomed plus a new spike coming up. You should be able to see it in the first photo. My question is the one that already bloomed looks like it could bloom again lower down on the spike. But, there is a little nub on the top tip of the spike. Is it possible that it will bloom again from the tip also? Should I cut it down or leave it alone? Or should I cut it off so the second spike gets more energy? Also here is a picture of the clay/lava rock I have. Good or bad to grow in?
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    in regards to the phallie it is up to you wheather the old spike is cut off or not , but if it was me I would just cut it back to just before the first node from the top.

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    Hi!

    I am all about giving the phal a bit more energy. Since you will most likely repot into the clay grow media, I would cut off the old spike and let the new one develop. The old one looks like it will bloom again from the end of the spike, but like Murray said, it is up to you. Me, I say cut it off and enjoy the new spike.

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    The plant isn't overly large, so it will expend significant energy blooming and will need a bit of a rest afterwards. Phals will sometimes form keikis, or baby plants off the tip of a bloomed spike, but that would look like a tiny leaf forming. Yours looks more bud-like. If you left the first spike, it might not develop any more for you than it has. They sometimes do that. Like threatening, but not really up for the effort.

    I'd cut the first spike and let the plant concentrate on the second.

    I have a Leopard Prince - their spotting can vary, but they're all attractive!

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ead.php?t=3936

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    Leopard Price is a phal on my want list--great buy Fx! Looks like a fine healthy plant that wants to bloom some more from its first spike, even while it's shooting up a new one. Nice situation for you. I always think that a lonely flower or two at the end of a long, expended spike is not all that pretty, and cut it off to save energy for something that is--but some want any and all flowers. Depends on what you like.

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