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What does a new spike from the base look like?

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    Happy to say, my orchid is still doing well since repotting and I see new roots inside the pot. What does a new spike from the base look like? I still have the old one that lost its flowers a couple of months ago. I have a new "something" growing from the base of the plant...I think its a root. If this is a root, what should I do about the root growing over the leaf? It's gotten a little bigger since I took this pic and its staying on the leaf. Thanks much.Name:  2012 Misc. 155A.jpg
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    Welcome to the mysterious world of orchid masochism! Phal orchids have this way with roots. That one is an air root, it is healthy and perfectly normal. As for the old spike, try and cut it above the third node, if you want flowers from the same spike, or just cut it completely, it is up to you. Your plant looks mature enough to be able to do either

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    Thanks. What does a new spike look like when growing from the base of the plant?

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    When it is very small, it looks like a root tip, except that a root tip looks smooth at the end, and a spike tip will look a bit more like a tiny mitten shape....sometimes its very hard to tell at first!
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    Thanks PetSlayer.
    Thanks Kmac. The tip of the root still looks a bit pointy....I will keep an eye to see if it becomes "mitten" shaped. Its right next to the old spike so I don't want to cut the old one down yet. I'm afraid I will harm the plant. Also, when does one attach a stick to keep the spike upright? Sorry for all the questions but this is my first time growing an orchid.

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    A very healthy Phal , also another tip 1 spike will only form under each leaf so you should be lookinf for potential spikes on the opposite side or above where the existing spike is now.

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    You know Jai_star, this possibly could be a spike....I just took a look at it and the root seems to be coming out above the old spike. But it is crawling low on the leaf like a root. If this is a spike, how does one attach it to a stick? Will this eventually grow straight up? Do I wait till it gets very long to tie it?

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    Here is a link to a picture where you can compare the spike it is growing to the new root. Yours does look like a happy phal, I bet you'll have a spike soon. Good luck!

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ots-oh-my.html

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    Yours looks more like a root than a spike to me, but to answer your question on staking, let me quote some info from the AOS website: http://www.aos.org/images/img_conten...ues/apr12.html

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    There are many ways to stake an inflorescence and there are not really any "wrong" or "right" techniques, although AOS judges do frown on plants with flowers that have been excessively manipulated into position. The most important rule of staking is to be careful! A developing inflorescence can seem amazingly plastic and bendable and then a moment later, be as brittle as glass and break in your fingers. It is almost impossible to correct poor flower presentation once the flowers are fully open, so starting early not only makes the job easier, it also minimizes the potential tragedy of a broken spike. Phalaenopsis inflorescences should be staked when they are 6-12" tall depending on the particular hybrid or species. For an arching, shingled inflorescence you want the first tie to be an inch or two below the first bud. Other multifloral orchids such as oncidiums and cymbidiums can also be staked once the spike is long enough to place a tie below the first bud. Do not cut the stake until the inflorescence is close to its maximum length so that additional support can be added as it develops. Cattleyas and similar orchids can be staked once the buds begin to twist from their upside down position.

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    Thank you Ninelson. It does look like a happy phal.....I pamper it everyday. But it does not have as many leaves at the photo on the link you attached. Mine only has 7. I had two new leaves since I got it in May and lost two leaves. Of course, this was after over watering it, transplanting it and seeing all the dead roots. I guess all in all its doing quite well.

    Kmac. Thanks for the spike information. Very helpful!!!

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