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How to get your orchids to spike

This is a discussion on How to get your orchids to spike within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am continually humbled by my orchids, who seem intent at times at making a ...

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    Default How to get your orchids to spike

    I am continually humbled by my orchids, who seem intent at times at making a fool of me... well, a bigger fool than I already am!! A couple of weeks ago everyone was posting their lovely species phal photos and I bemoaned the fact that I could not get mine to bloom.

    Then came the neo photos, and I again complained that mine grew like crazy, but no flowers...

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    Neo. Fal. Casper the Friendly Ghost (spikes just starting)

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    I know all the neo fanatics will be aghast that these are not potted traditionally, in sphag. I've killed every one I left in sphag....

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    Very nice plants Diane. Now you can enjoy flowers too. Good care for your plants always rewards you.

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    Well done, Diane! I grow mine in bark mix and the neo x rhy I grow in lava rock. It is just how you take care of them that matters.

    Cheers,
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    "How to get your orchids to spike"

    I thought your plants only spiked or flowered when you went away on a trip?

    Welcome Back!!!! (hehe)

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    congratulations Diane! I'm looking forward to the end results of these... and you will have to describe the fragrance please.

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    Good job. Now if mine will only spike I will be a happy gal.

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    woohoo! I think orchids prefer to make you sweat before giving any sort of satisfaction. It's part of the allure.
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    How to get your orchids to spike

    Step 1: Take plant outside and set it next to a large weed or other disposable plant.

    Step 2: Take out the weedwacker and summarily obliterate said disposable plant.

    Step 3: Give the orchid a "significant look" and tell it .... "That could be you"

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    Gasp. A whole new side of Pavel!

    Now, what if Peanut were to witness that behavior?!

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    I am in shock! You are a maverick lot! I am a benevolent mother to my children! Then again, I only really started growing orchids seriously this year! I am too "feart" to treat them mean! Let me prune your roses and I would be fine! My phal Gold Vein has sulked for 2 1/2 years! Treated the same as Flarespots that blooms 3 x a year! Trimmed the roots and repotted so I look forward to some flowers! Judi

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