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Phal. violacea 'Borneo' in suspended animation?

This is a discussion on Phal. violacea 'Borneo' in suspended animation? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought a healthy bare root plant in small spike (1.5") in October. It quickly ...

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    Default Phal. violacea 'Borneo' in suspended animation?

    I bought a healthy bare root plant in small spike (1.5") in October. It quickly lost a few older leaves as it adjusted to its new home and pot. Since then, it has done nothing at all. No growth, no spike action. Other than that, it seems very healthy, and the spike still looks fine -- no signs of blasting. It receives dappled east sun in the early morning and bright diffuse light the rest of the day.

    Any suggestions? Or do I just need to be more patient (blech!)? I have a few other smaller violacea, different strains I'd like to bring into bloom also, so I'd like to figure this out! [I learned these could be frustrating plants AFTER I bought them] Thanks!

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    Violaceas (and bellinas) tend to need slightly warmer temperatures (and possibly brighter light) than most other Phals. It's also quite typical for the spikes to do nothing for sometimes lengthy periods. As long as the spike remains green, the plant could "come to life" at any time, so don't give up hope! This type of Phal is one where you should not be removing old spikes.

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    And some plants just like to make us crazy... lol Good luck...usually anything that won't bloom needs more sun. They can go without nearly everything else, sun is a huge thing.

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    mine go to sleep for the winter. They are just now starting new root growth.

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    Thanks to all! Since Ron lives near my latitude, it is possible mine are also sleeping. I will add a little more light and some patience and keep my fingers crossed! Ron, what time of year do yours bloom?

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    Yes, more light and warmth should motivate your little violacea. You will love the blooms, Julie! The wait is worth it on this one!

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