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Need help with new spike.

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    Thanks to you all, my phal is doing really well. Now two new spikes have shot out from my original old spikes. The new spikes are skinnier than the original ones and I'm concerned that they will not hold the weight of the buds once they've bloomed. I can't really place a new stick for support because of the angle of the new spikes and I also don't want to hurt my existing roots in the pot since its full of mostly bark and stone. Will the new spikes hold as is? Any advice? Thanks!

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    I would just wait and see. Secondary spikes generally have fewer flowers than the original spike so it won't be very heavy. Once the flowers are open, if you feel that they're drooping too much, you can remove the clip you have on the top of the stake and move the spike over so you can tie the secondary spike to the stake out about two or three inches from the main stem. Personally I don't think that will be necessary. The spike should support the 3-4 flowers without any problems. After all, in nature they aren't staked at all.

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    Good point Jeff! Thanks. Once the new flowers have bloomed, do i cut the original old spike from the base of the plant? is there any special way I have to do it?

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    I cut the stem about an inch from the plant because I don't want to damage the orchid with my shears. Some people use cinnamon on the cut, but I don't treat the cut at all and I've never had a problem.

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    Thanks Jeff. Yes, I had put cinnamon on the original spike when I had trimmed it. It seemed to work. I appreciate your advice. Now I look forward to my blossoms!

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