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How can you tell if a phrag is pregnant?

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    Default How can you tell if a phrag is pregnant?

    Yeah yeah, spare me the bad jokes ;-) Seriously, though, I always hear folks talking about how the base of the plant gets fatter when the plant is getting ready to spike - what exactly does that mean - any descriptions, photos, anything to help those of us along who haven't had one spike yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOHNnDC
    Yeah yeah, spare me the bad jokes ;-) Seriously, though, I always hear folks talking about how the base of the plant gets fatter when the plant is getting ready to spike - what exactly does that mean - any descriptions, photos, anything to help those of us along who haven't had one spike yet?
    From my observations, Phrags don't appear "pregnant" like most multifloral Paphs. I can only tell or should I say guess when the matured growth has a new smaller thinner leaf emerging from the center.

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    paphs usually have a pronounced cylindrical swelling at the base. you can usually tell pretty easily if they're in spike. phrags also have a swelling, but it is much flatter than those of paphs and much more difficult to detect. it's more of a "fullness" than anything else, if that helps confuse the issue.

    as peter said, a reliable way on both paphs and phrags is the leaf pattern: on healthy plants, new leaves emerge when the old one is 1/2 to 2/3 grown (they tend to grow two leaves at once, the newest and the second-newest). However, the emergence of a small leaf/sheath in the crown when the previous leaf is still *small* is a good sign that the plant is ready to bloom. if you're really inquisitive, you can also shine a penlight into the crown at nighttime to see if there is a sheath waiting in the wings (before it pokes up out of the crown).

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    How can you tell if a phrag is pregnant?
    It develops a pseudobulb...




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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    It develops a pseudobulb...



    LOL!!! Hahahaha!!!

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    I was originally going to say it looks a little 'greener' in the morning but thought that was bad form...

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    Heck, you guys have been tame - I was only imagining the responses I'd get when I first posted this. After that discussion you had the other day about, hmmm, not sure what it was now, but I recall it getting bad... ;-)

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    LOL! John--it was the way you phrased the question--opened it up completely to anything goes....

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