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new flower spikes?

This is a discussion on new flower spikes? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi everyone! I'm new here. I have a question about my phalaenopsis. I purchased four ...

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    Hi everyone! I'm new here. I have a question about my phalaenopsis. I purchased four new ones about a year ago from my local supermarket. They all had spikes full of flowers. The flowers later dropped and I cut back the spikes down to about one inch above the base of the stem. I kept watering and fertilizing them about once every week to 10 days. They all produced two or more new leaves between March and October. On October 1, as the weather cooled, I brought them all home (I keep them under lamps in my office) and let them sit outside for about 30 days to stimulate new flower spikes. I brought them back to my office about 2 weeks ago and put them back under their lamps. I've been looking for new spikes ever since, but so far no sign of anything except a couple of new roots (I've confirmed they are roots and not spikes due to their rounded tip, pointing downward, etc.). I've looked everywhere I can think of online but I've found nothing that explains how long it should take a new flower spike to appear once the plant has been exposed to colder temps. Any thoughts?

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    There's a lot of discussion over whether nighttime temp drops, average daily temp drops, or changes in light trigger phals to bloom in their season. From those who say it is temps, I have heard anything from 2 weeks to 90 days. I've been watching mine closely...a few are now starting to spike, but the rest are still biding their time...

    This is an interesting thread...http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...duction-2.html

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    Most should spike with 2-3 weeks of cool night temps in the 50s-some are more stubborn. I am still waiting on one of mine to spike.

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    Can someone take a photo of a beginning phal spike and post it? I have some growths that look like roots except that they are pointing up rather than down like typical roots. I'd appreciate knowing what I should be looking for. thanks

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    Thanks Kmac and Chris. Guess I'll need to wait a bit longer. I will post am update when and if something happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by oslosdad210 View Post
    Can someone take a photo of a beginning phal spike and post it? I have some growths that look like roots except that they are pointing up rather than down like typical roots. I'd appreciate knowing what I should be looking for. thanks
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    Spikes are segmented and generally darker green than roots. It will be easier to tell the difference once they've grown a bit.

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    Wow! Awesome photo! I'd say that's a happy orchid ... And a happy orchid grower.

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