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    My phal has a new leaf that's been growing. Will it usually put out a spike after the leaf sprouts completely?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasolano View Post
    My phal has a new leaf that's been growing. Will it usually put out a spike after the leaf sprouts completely?
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    Not always. Some phal orchids require a drop in temperature before a spike will initiate. And, of course depending on the amount of light your orchid gets, it is possible that it will only grow leaves and roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Not always. Some phal orchids require a dlrop in temperature before a spike will initiate. And, of course depending on the amount of light your orchid gets, it is possible that it will only grow leaves and roots.

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    So was it a bad thing to cut the spike? The only reason I cut it was because it wasn't going to re bloom on that spike, and the new leaf had started to grow.

    Thanks for your advice
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    No, not a bad thing at all!! I always recommend cutting off old spikes and letting the plant grow new leaves and roots. Makes for better blooming for the orchid the next time.

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    So was it bad to cut the spike? I only cut it off because I knew it would branch off and bloom from that same spike, and the new leaf was coming in. I thought it would be good to let the chid concentrate on growing its foliage then grow a new spike.
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    No, not a bad thing at all!! I always recommend cutting off old spikes and letting the plant grow new leaves and roots. Makes for better blooming for the orchid the next time.



    cheers,
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    Thank you for your advice. One more thing; is there an estimated time line for how it would take for a new spike to grow under the appropriate conditions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasolano View Post
    So was it bad to cut the spike? I only cut it off because I knew it would branch off and bloom from that same spike, and the new leaf was coming in. I thought it would be good to let the chid concentrate on growing its foliage then grow a new spike.
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    Thank you for your advice. One more thing; is there an estimated time line for how it would take for a new spike to grow under the appropriate conditions?
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    Usually once per year for a new spike, though older plants or species will sometimes produce multiple spikes at one time. From the time a spike emerges until full bloom can take a few months. Phal blooms can last for 7+ months in the proper conditions though.

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    [img]2011-08-17 18.48.06.jpg[/img] I'm not sure if this is going to work, but hopefully a picture of my orchid will show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasolano View Post
    [img]2011-08-17 18.48.06.jpg[/img] I'm not sure if this is going to work, but hopefully a picture of my orchid will show up.

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    [IMG][img]2011-08-17 18.48.06.jpg[/img][/IMG]
    If your image is on your computer, you must actually upload it to the server here. If you image is hosted on another site, you must use the full url to the specific image.

    See the link in my signature below for How to Post Photos.

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    Phals spike once a year - in our sub-tropical climate they are now starting to spike now. Be careful not to let water stand in the crown of the plant after dark - they are very prone to crown-rot.

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