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Killing Phals by Pollinating

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    Hi...
    This question is bothering me right now since I've seen lots of people removing "stress spikes" and only letting one or two seedpods mature on their plants...
    I think I have both problems... I bought a big phal hybrid and pollinated all the flowers and right now I have 5 successful crosses (5 seedpods maturing on the plant)... After examining the plant, I realized that there is a new flower stalk forming (its dark green, has those typical bracts on it)...

    Now what should I do?... Should I remove the new spike and save the seedpods?... Or with proper care I can have them both?... Is there any danger of damaging my plant?...

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    I haven't had this problem yet....lol. Sounds like you are growing those things on steroids! Someone will come along that knows these things....wish I could be more helpful.
    Connie

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    5 pods is a bit for a plant. A healthy Phal with 5 mature leaves I might consider 2 pods. Did you self pollinate the flowers or use 5 different hybrids one for each flower?

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    I have plants with seedpods on and are flowering but only one pod per plant. One grower I know said a healthy can carry two pods I would try not more.
    Tednz

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    Are those 5 pods different crosses?
    If they are all the same, I suggest that you just select the most robust seed pod and cut away the rest.

    Just like anything else in gardening, quality of work trumps doing it shotgun style and hope something takes.

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    Yes, pick the healthiest pod so your orchid will not be too stressed.

    Cheers,
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    My plant is all healthy with 6 mature leaves... the problem is I did'nt write down the crosses I've made!... THIS IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE WHILE DOING CROSSES!!!... Now I want all the seedpods... what should I do? Any special advices for keeping the plant alive?...

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    Well, my suggestion, since you are in it for the long term, you should follow the above advice.

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    I know this isn't the advice you want, but even for a very healthy plant five pods is going to seriously stress the plant. I definitely would cut off the new spike and not let it bloom, and if it were my plant I would remove all but one or two of the pods. I know that isn't the answer you want, and I know it will be really hard to do, but I just don't think the plant will fare very well with five pods.

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    OK... I'm going to remove the new spike... Thank you all for the advices... Poor thing must have been struggling!...

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