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When to cut my Phal Orchid Spike

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    Question When to cut my Phal Orchid Spike

    Hola. I just got a pretty white phal not too long ago and he's bloomed like crazy which made me feel like a good gardener. Haha. Even though phals are some of the easiest to take care of. But im wanting to ask about their blooming life cycle. Two flowers looked sad and dying so i freaked out and watered him. Then the next day i noticed they fell off. Sad day. But this is normal right? Eventually they all will? and when they do i cut it halfway down the stem? Gah im scared ill mess him up. He's a present from my boyfren so I really don't want him to die or get messed up. Also what's a spike? Thanks for your help. I guess i could look this stuff up but im lazy so ill ask you guys.

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    Ciara, although the flowers on a phal typicall last a good long time, they don't last forever. You have to realize that however long you have had the plant, the flowers might have been blossomed for a few weeks before that, so don't worry about them falling off. Are there any flowers left?

    You asked about a spike - that's the "stem" the flowers grow on. You also mentioned that you watered your phal. What is your phal growing in? Is it in a little pot or a cup or what? Is it growing in a bark-like mixture or moss or can you tell?

    If possible, post a picture of it so we can see better and tell you how to progress.

    Good luck! (Isn't it nice to have a boyfriend who gives you flowers?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Good luck! (Isn't it nice to have a boyfriend who gives you flowers?)
    Especially flowers that last and come back!

    Yes, photos will better help us help you but it sounds like your flowers are just at the end of their cycle. Most phals can bloom again from the same spike if you cut it down between two nodes (those bumps along the spike) with a clean, sterilized blade. Sometimes you'll get a new spike from the node below your cut, and sometimes you won't. The flowers may also not last as long or there may not be as many if you let it flower from an old spike. I had one that was just prolific and kept pushing out spikes without doing much of anything, I was actually worried the plant would wear itself out haha. I've also had phals where I've cut the spike down and it doesn't do anything for a long time - but that's probably related to conditions and not cutting the spike.
    In short (too late!) you won't hurt the plant by cutting back the spike, but don't expect a new set of flowers right away. Many times your plant will need a rest and to build energy for a new spike. You know it's still healthy if it's growing new roots and/or new leaves. Know what it's potted in and where you keep it will help us better advise you on how to best care for your plant so you get many more years of lovely blooms

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    Yes it is nice. I'm spoiled. I'll try to get a picture of him on here soon. Uhm. He's growing in like bark stuff. In a weave pot. Like wicker maybe? He's still got like eight flowers on him. And the ones that fell off were the closest to the stem so i probably have a while. I just wanna make sure i know what i need to so he can re bloom later. Thanks for your help you guys.

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    Oh, and welcome to OT!!

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