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Can you rebloom a phal from the same spike?

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    Default Can you rebloom a phal from the same spike?

    A source I only sort of trust claims that you can rebloom some orchids from one spike, including phals, by cutting above a growth node. I'd never heard of this but it'd be pretty cool if it were the case, so I guess I'm asking hopefully. Has anyone done that? Is it true or total BS or what?

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    It's true. You can trim a spike below the last blooming node and it will branch from a node below and make a few flowers.

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    The downside to this is the fact that it takes more energy from your phal and the flowers are progressively smaller and fewer after you do this. In my opinion, if you have a really healthy phal with several leaves and good roots, you can do this without much worry. If you have a newer phal that is in its first or second bloom with only a few leaves, it will not be healthy for the plant.

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    I was wondering why I hadn't known people to do this, if it drained the plant or something. Sounds like it would. Really interesting to know for the future, though! I never would have tried that on my own.

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    I have a noid phal that was in bloom when I first got it, almost a year and a half go. When the blooms on top died, a new spike would grow from a lower spike and subsequently re-bloom. This phal has been in bloom for at least 13 months now and still shows no signs of the flowers dieing off. I guess that's similar to what you're questioning.

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    I have a couple of phalaenopsis that this has worked for. It's really nice to have them blooming for such a long time - not nearly as long as jkhom's yet but that's encouraging! They are the first ones I rebloomed, and really gave me some confidence. Even though it was off an existing spike, it took a couple of months for the new blooms to start. If it was a valuable plant I might have cut off the spike to preserve energy, but it's a NOID and it doesn't seem to mind. It might be stunting the plant, but even that's OK for me, I want it to stay small. My amateur 2cents, for what it's worth!

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    i haven't flowered from the same spike before, as i have only one phal, and the spike went brown! someone else i know has i lovely commercialy bred pink one, which she left the spike on at my own unreliable advice, and it ended up growing a kei kei instead. she was soo happy and she gave it to me, and now shes not very amused because it has been two years and it hasnt flowered since.

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    I do this with my older stronger plants and have never seen any ill effects, often times i get another blooming ...i have gotten 3 keikei's this way over the past year alone, which i enjoyed mounting...so that is a fun way to try something new with your orchid as well...good luck...just trust what you know about how healthy your plant is...if it seems stressed i would not do it, strong and healthy go for it...growing is supposed to be fun!

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    I do this with my healthiest phals, as Bruce says. I count four nodes from the bottom of the spike, and cut off the spike right above the fourth node ( which has finished blooming ) at an angle. I then spray the cut with alcohol, and put sulphur on the cut. I next fertilize with blossom booster if I want more flowers ( 10-30-20 ) or 20-20-20 if I want a baby phal. Simple! Betty :-)
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