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Phal growing toward the sun

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    Tim is offline Junior Member
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    Default Phal growing toward the sun

    Here I have a Phal that is growing sideways (guess that is how it wants to grow!), but my question is, how can I get the spike to grow UP? As you can see, the light is from the window and the spike grows toward the light...I have tied it to the stake you see and pulled it a bit more sky-ward, but I anticipate it will just crank on over and head for the light again. It seems I must have the light more overhead - any ideas on how to get the light from the window more 'surround' or overhead?

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    It is quite natural normal for Phal to reach out to light source. Should you move the plant to the window sill to keep it close to light source and then stake it ?

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    You have few choices
    1) move phal to windowsill instead of clock. It will appreciate that
    2) when spike about few inches long, you can train it to grow in direction you want by tighing it the stake. From your pic you need to move the stake closer to the spike though.

    Actually your new spike grows kind o straight up if whole plant would be growing straight up. ( I did read older post about growing phal straight). In that case I reported mine to be upright, as it was said previously you tight whole plant to stake, also the way you put media in pot helps root to hold plant upright.

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    I find that the 'lean' is most natural and pretty hard to avoid.

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