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Phals - new spike growing alongside old spike

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    Default Phals - new spike growing alongside old spike

    Two of my phals -- Phal. Baldan's Kaleidoscope 'Golden Treasure and Phal. Ox Firebird are currently in spike. When they both ended their last blooming cycles, I did not cut the old spikes, but left them on to see if they would either dry up or rebloom. Neither of these things happened, but instead new spikes appeared next to the old ones on each plant.

    Right now the new spikes are each about 4 inches and 7 inches long and growing well, and the old spikes are still there nice and green. Should I cut the old ones off at this point to direct all the maximum energy to the new spikes, or will that do more harm than good? Any chance that the old ones might be triggered to spike at this point?

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    I usually leave old spikes, they often to trigger to bloom with the new ones. I haven't had as many flowers on the older spikes as the new ones, but it does seem to add to the display. I would say do what you want and see what you get.

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    It's possible that they might get a few more blooms and if you have new spikes they don't seem to be stunted by the old spike if they are growing so well.

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    My Baldans just came into bloom. I always remove the old spikes on the theory that I want the plant to put its energy into new growth/new spikes. But once in a while one gets missed, and I have had keikis develop...so there is that possibility if you are interested. Especially if the old spikes are still green.

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