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Phalaenopsis- Flower Yield

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis- Flower Yield within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Although, there are various methods by which one can get a better yield from Phalaenopsis, ...

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    Exclamation Phalaenopsis- Flower Yield

    Although, there are various methods by which one can get a better yield from Phalaenopsis, one doesn't know how. I would like to raise concerns about the flower yield issues. Large scale growers are capable to produce a spray of phals when they are up in the market and look breath taking. But one doesn't get the same results. You wait a millennia for a phal to flower. In fact, time stops for you when you spot a spike forming at the base and after a lot of wait, plunk! 3 blooms. There must be some technique about getting that photogenic 20 flowered spike.

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    Yes Gurjeet

    They grow their phals hot, above 26-27 C, under ideal conditions for vegitative growth for a long period of time. About 90 days before they need flowering phals to sell they lower the temperature to below 16-18 C for flower spike initiation and hold the temperature low during spike developement.

    What most people do wrong is that the plants get to little vegitative growth under non ideal condition. The plant accumilate to little energy and as the spike is initiated and grown under non ideal condition the result is most often less good compared to what the professionals produce.

    Another issue is that when you buy a plant it has been pushed to it´s limit and is often really stressed. You can not expect a really good flower display the first rebloom as the plant is in recovery phase.

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    Thank you Magnus, I think I might be able to do the needful for the next vegetative growth and flowering. I will keep this in mind.

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    MAKE sure your growing conditions are ideal........Do the same thing as the experts do----->when you are ready for your plants to bloom either switch the cycle by providiing heat and artificial light for 12 hrs in d night so that u can carry your plants to work in the day where and put in a dark room the a/c will provide that ideal 10 degree temperature range or if you have an a/c at home that would be easier

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    i think people tend to overfertilize with 'flower booster' fertilizers on monopodials. you need the leaf growth to be lush and healthy to support a good blooming. i have stopped using so much bloom-booster on my orchids, and use a more balanced fertilizer now, and i am getting better growth on the plants' leaves, and then in turn better flowering. although i do not have 'perfect' conditions in my home or balcony... i'm getting flowers more this way. one thing i also notice is that i get fewer flowers at a time, but the stems keep producing flowers longer, so you can have them all at once for a month, or a few for 7 or 8 months... the 'all at once' makes a nice gift to give someone, but i like having blooms year round.

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    I agree with above and here are my 2 cents. I have many Phals and they all respond so differently sure I still get the odd bud blast now and then and scratch my head. As long as tge plant is healthy its not a worry these are orchids we are dealing with. The key things to get more blooms in my opinion are these :
    Light - provide abundant but don't let them burn
    Water - free of any hard minerals
    Air flow - but not blowing right at buds in bloom else you will lose them
    Fertilize - a little goes a long way don't over do!
    I'm proud to say that I have have Phals that rebloomed and the flower count is of the same from when i purchased them. Yes i took pictures to compare

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    There is nothing wrong with a bloom booster fertilizer. The trick is in knowing when to use it. Vegative growth requires a higher Nitrogen content. So use a higher Nitrogen fertilizer after dormancy breaks and until you begin your cool temps for bloom. Use the bloom booster then to aid the plant in producting the blossoms you want.

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