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Cutting the spike? Re: Dtps...

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    Okay, so my Dtps. Queen Beer Sky Purple is going out of bloom. I had to cut my only other's phal's spikes because it was suffering. So I am of course sort of curious to see if this Dtps. will branch, but I don't understand
    a) where to cut the spike
    b) if this *really* is a good idea - don't want to take too much energy from the plant....

    So, any opinions are appreciated! T/y!

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    Heather, I cut the spikes on all the Phals as soon as the spike's lower half of blooms are gone. You can cut them 1/4 inch above one of the nodes (leave two at the bottom, so, above those) if you want to try branching them, but don't do that more than once before cuting the spike down completely: it ends up sapping plant energy to the point that the new flowers will only be two thirds as big, and there won't be nearly as many as on a fresh spike.

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    Okay, thanks Louis! very helpful, I've always wondered about this...I need to re-assess the roots first, anyway.

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    (I bet this is an unanswerable question but here goes anyway...) How long should I expect it to take before they branch?

    (given correct conditions and all that...of course...)

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    *Lights incense. Mutters incantation. Checks crystal ball.

    Hard to say, H. There's no guarantee that it will even branch at all. Sometimes, the plants decide to lose their spike completely, even if you've left some of it on. The spike will just go brown and you'll end up cutting all of it off anyway.

    If the season's right for them, they can start rebudding / branching in a month. If it's not, it might take four months. There's just no way to really tell. Sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    (I bet this is an unanswerable question but here goes anyway...)
    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    *Lights incense. Mutters incantation. Checks crystal ball.

    Yuppers, that's about what I expected...



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