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Will she bloom again? Or did I break her?

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    Default Will she bloom again? Or did I break her?

    My phal Ophelia - blossoms fell off late last August. I clipped off only a small portion of the original stalk, moved her to a quieter area, few months later I noticed what looked like a stalk shooting up. Yay!

    Until the accident that broke part of it off.

    She still looks healthy, leaves nice & green, though no other growth.

    Will she eventually sprout another stalk? And flower again? Or have I broken her blossoming power?

    Anna

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    Given proper light, fertilizer and temps your phal will bloom again. It most likely will set another spike this fall. All you did by breaking the spike is not having it bloom this year. Spikes are easy to break. That is one of the reasons they should be staked as soon as they are long enough to attach to a stake.

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    Sorry to hear of the spike breakage. It has happened to all of us I would guess. Each time we do something stupid, we learn not to do that again.

    That is my motto, Don't make the same mistake twice, make a new mistake each time!

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    I am a professional and even I have done it (just this week actually). Sometimes the stalks grow curvy and when trying to stake them they snap . Fortunately out of the thousands I work with in a week I have only broken maybe two in the year I've worked in the nursery. Just clip it, clean it, then dust urself off and start again (I know its hard the first time around let alone a longer wait, sorry).

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    Actually, I bought a Phal at a "box store" recently that had the spike broken off part way up. I left it, it branched and went ahead and bloomed! Maybe not as many flowers as it would have, but I get to enjoy it this year and not have to wait. I'd leave it as long as its green and healthy looking and see what happens.

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    Carol-I had one recently that bent and you could hear the snap but the outer "skin" remained intact. I re-spiked it to hold the stem straight and surprisingly enough it proved resilient even more so than some of my other rescues in distress. Its amazing what orchids can do. Sometimes they seem so sensitive its hard not to do something wrong at some point and others like this withstand all odds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Don't make the same mistake twice, make a new mistake each time!
    Akin to what I say about parenting: It is my job - my right - to screw up my child in completely different ways than my dad did to me.

    I appreciate the support.

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