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Phals w/ Double Spikes

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    Default Phals w/ Double Spikes

    I was at a local market last Sunday and I was wondering about the fact that all those phals have double spikes (not branching)). Could it be that the nurseries just sell the double spiked ones to increase the price even though it will only single spike next bloom? Or is it really a trait of certain orchids to double spike?

    I saw a really nice purple/pink dotted petite phal and almost bought but some of the leaves were strange. Some had brown spots others were missing part of the top (sometimes half the leaf). They were wrapped in cellophane though. Would it be unwise to purchase such plants or will the damaged leaves not matter that much?

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    When purchasing plants from the grocery store like that I would look closest at the roots. They are often watered way too much and sit in stagnant water until they either die or are bought, so the roots can be in pretty bad shape sometimes.

    As for the spikes, you have to remember that they are probably primarily selling to customers who just want a nice bouquet of flowers and not necessarily a plant. Buying an orchid (with however many spikes) is probably cheaper than buying cut flowers and the flowers will possibly last over a month. So by this logic the more flowers the better and it doesn't really matter what the plant does after that since it probably won't make it anyways.

    That said, I have a bunch from grocery stores myself and most are fine, just have to make sure you buy a healthy plant! And that you don't mind no-name-ville.

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    So.... does that mean my double-spiked Phal Baldan's Kaleidoscope (bought at a really nice grocery store nursery) probably won't double spike again next bloom?

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    Shaydra -

    I think it will, if it is happy - it is a really strong grower. I have that one and it blooms like crazy!

    Kelly

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    Yay! Thanks, Kelly.

    I'm still trying to figure out what the growth sticking out of the side of it is going to be. Its thick enough to be either root or spike, but it has 2 fully bloomed spikes already! ... The tip of it is pointing straight up, but as it gets longer, the part closest to the stem is turning white, the tip is staying dark green. I'm guessing a directionally confused root.

    So now I don't feel so bad about spending $5 more for an extra spike.

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    So I guess some have a tendency to double spike while others have just accidentally spiked twice?

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    There are some phals that are more floriferous than others, but alot has to do with the growing conditions. In optimal conditions the plants are more likely to have multiple spikes, if conditions are average then just one spike, if conditions are poor then no spike...

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    If you take care of it right, it will almost always double spike. I think I had three spikes going on mine at one time. (Oh..and the little dish of muck beside it is Utricularia livda.)




    Quote Originally Posted by Shaydra View Post
    So.... does that mean my double-spiked Phal Baldan's Kaleidoscope (bought at a really nice grocery store nursery) probably won't double spike again next bloom?

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    lovely, clint!

    Cheers,
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    When I bought my Queen Beer the store had a Baldan's Kaleidoscope also with two spikes but I decided to go with the Queen Beer (mostly price and health). I'll get a Baldan's Kaleidoscope at some point for sure; they're lovely.

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