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This is a discussion on Slug damage to phalaenopsis flower stem. within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; One of my phalaenopsis orchids had its new, succulent flower stem completely eaten through by ...
One of my phalaenopsis orchids had its new, succulent flower stem completely eaten through by a slug which got in through an open window. The stem was about 6-7 inches high and removed it from the plant at the second node from its base as the growing section had been destroyed by the slug.
I am wondering how I can best encourage the plant to produce another flower stem. I have not yet seen this particular plant flower and the loss of its first flower stem has been most disappointing.
Thank you for any suggestions and my greetings and warmest regards to you all.
Robert from Auckland, New Zealand.
Hey Kiwi, im no expert on Phals but i heard they enjoy a cold snap at night for a few weeks to encourage spike. When i say cold, i mean about 7C.
Another thing is to move the plant into a high light situation, where it can get optimum light. Look for a purple pigmentation on the leaves, this tells you that it is photosynthetic overload, and the darker cells dont photosynthesise as much.