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Here we go again! :o(

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    Default Here we go again! :o(

    So on my first day on this form, I posted a thread titled “no signs of new growth for 1 year now”, and came to find out that my poor plant had a terminal spike (which nonetheless I intend to keep and care for)… See also my post called “air roots?” to get a back story on how I come to receive my plants… As for this post, my office just got this amazingly beautiful replacement orchid for the reception area (which will eventually be mine:o) but if I’m not mistaken, it too has a terminal spike!!! Can anyone please shed some light on how I might save/care for this plant? Are terminal spikes really that common, or was this just a freak coincidence? Is there any way to prevent terminal spikes? -As always, thank you.
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    Wow, I have never even seen one and now you have two! That is rough sailing.

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    The plant looks healthy enough to me. Terminal spikes are usually produced under extreme stress. I don't think the plant will continue to grow and produce new leaves past the spike...

    Do keep us posted. I haven't had this happen to me personally before so I have no personal experiences to offer.

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    There is a post on this site somewhere I read a couple of weeks ago (its old I think) with a poster who has seen this many times on his phals. Said that sometimes it was the end, other times they just started growing leaves from different areas, instead of keikis. Don't remember the details lol but it wasn't the end of the orchid. Apart from that, just hope and pray for a keiki at the base of the orchid.

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    I have a friend that feels that the orchid will always die eventually when it develops a spike like this . However, I have seen at least one that developed a second crown off the side. So, chances aren't good for the long term, but there is always hope .

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    While there is nothing you can do to get the plant to produce new leaves from the existing crown, you can still keep the overall plant healthy by observing regular phalaenopsis care.
    There is always a chance that a healthy plant will produce keikis.

    Remember, a healthy plant will WANT to keep growing, a terminal crown will not stop it from trying to grow. It will produce keikis if it has to.

    On a side note, I am seeing a rise in terminal spike occurrences with phals from BBS displays. I suspect it has something to do with mass producers pushing the plants into overdrive (chemically or culturally) to bloom sooner and give them a much quicker turnaround time to either increase profits or reduce operating costs.

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    Good point, John. BBS and GS plants go through a lot before they make it to the car and home. Large scale growers are importing boosted plants from Asia and then are boosting them to spike, forcing blooms, repotting in spag and shipping them on to be briefly cared for by clerks that are maybe not properly informed. We talk about acclimation and how a trip in a hot car can blast a bud. These plants go from a greenhouse into a box to a truck to a warehouse back to a truck to a grocery store. Whew!

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    Wow, thank you all for your responses. The info on BBS and GS plans is very interesting, and had never even occurred to me; it’s so unfortunate. Nonetheless, like my other plant, I will care for this one as well (once it loses its luster at the reception area). On a separate not, what is the best way to handle the spike, in order to promote the best environment for Keiki production? I’ve typically been cutting my spikes back about half way, but with this plant, I’m a bit confused because it has several “branches” off of the main spike. Do I cut each “branch” blow the first flower or do I cut the main spike, below the first “branch”? Or if I’m entirely wrong all together, please advise.

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