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Phal blooming too much?

This is a discussion on Phal blooming too much? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Thanks to everybody's advice, my Phalaenopsis is successfully repotted and has many promising buds. However, ...

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    Neptune7000 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Phal blooming too much?

    Thanks to everybody's advice, my Phalaenopsis is successfully repotted and has many promising buds. However, I am concerned about its blooming. I received it in June and it lost all of its blooms, but I think that was from transportation shock. It quickly rebloomed in August, and is doing the same now. Will this "tire" the plant out? Especially because it bloomed in Summer and now in Winter. Is it blooming too often?

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    I think it's fine. If the plant is healthy and good looking leave it be... But, if the Phal has lumpy leaves... And not healthy then you could let it bloom a little then when the blooms are starting to fade, then cut the stem and let is rest...

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    Some phals just like to bloom. You will hear stories of how some phals can bloom for a couple years with nice size flowers and at times adding other spikes as well. It really depends on the plant. Most phals like a rest. For those, if you don't cut the spike they will continue blooming, but you will get few flowers and they will often be much smaller. I don't usually cut spikes, and if the plant is ready to rest the spikes will dry out on their own. I have some that will let the spike stay green until the next blooming and bloom off the old spike as well as a new spike. It just depends on the plant and whether you prefer to cut the spike. I usually leave it up to the plant. I do cut spikes on plants growing new roots or when they are infested with bugs. Also; when the flowers are too small or obviously a drain on the plant i'll cut the spike even if it still has good flowers.

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