Much mistaken! Multi-florals can produce spikes every year, even more often. It depends on how mature the plant is. And the blooms open from the bottom of the spike. Take a look at my post under "opening soon" in the paph/phrag photo section and you will see my multi-floral Bel Royal. She spiked last year, is in bloom now and has 2 new growths plus an unbloomed mature growth. I also have 2 multi floral phrags, and they also bloom at least one spike a year, off the latest maturing growth. It does take a few years for these plants to get to flowering size, but once there, each successive new growth can produce a spike. Also check out uncasteeb's Phragenstein... an amazing multi floral phrag.