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Please help me identify all of this new growth!

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    Default Please help me identify all of this new growth!

    Hi everyone, this is my first post here and I'm a VERY new grower.

    I purchased my first ever orchid from ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- for my girlfriend a couple months ago with the intent of keeping it healthy and beautiful. I had no clue about orchids (or plants in general).

    We went away for a week and I forgot to water it right before we left. By the time we returned, the blooms were falling off and it looked to be dead. Unwilling to give up, I began researching orchids and learning a lot!

    To make a long story short, after a week or two of trying to "water it back to life", I decided to cut the spikes down to nubs, tear away a dying leaf, and see if I could revive what I had learned to be a Phal by re-potting it and giving it some love and attention.

    I started noticing that the three remaining leaves started to get very firm... a sign I attributed to health. I now know I've been doing a good job as I'm seeing some awesome signs of growth, only one of which I can accurately identify. There is a new leaf sprouting from the top and three new roots or spikes (this is where I need your help). Please see the pictures below:

    Here is just a picture of my new leaf coming out. At the first sign of him, I wasn't sure what it was. But within another day, it was quite obvious. I'm really proud of this (especially since I had to tear an old leaf off):

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    Then, a few days after my leaf I found this. I'm hopeful that it's a spike, but I'm now thinking it could be a root. I feel like a spike would be pointing up, but I'm not sure:

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    Examining further, I saw the trunk of my Phal looked like something else was trying to push out from the other side. Within a couple days, I saw these two guys. I have a feeling they are the same as the one above, but feel it may be too early to know if they are roots or spikes yet:

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    Obviously, I'd love for all of these to be spikes. But regardless, I'm extremely excited to be seeing any sort of growth. It's incredibly rewarding and keeps me interested in my first orchid.

    Thanks for the help!

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    For me, it looks like root. It is sign of growth. Great job

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    You are doing everything correctly. First, research on the culture your orchid needs is the best way to start growing. Second, joining a forum where you can share information with other growers really helps regardless of whether you are a beginner or have been growing for years. Third, your plant looks very healthy. The growth you see are new roots. In my opinion the best way to know if you are doing a good job is to observe the roots. Healthy roots are the best indicator that your plant is doing well. Good luck
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    Well done!!! Very healthy looking roots emerging.

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    A very healthy looking Phal you did a good thing by cutting spike back now it will focus on growth, how are the roots inside the pot? Pays to check for rot

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    Thank you sammywolffox! Your info was great to know re the roots. I thought they were roots, but you telling us so and the imfo about new roots denotes a healthy plant is encouraging for we beginners!

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