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Dwarf Phal issues

This is a discussion on Dwarf Phal issues within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi all, I have a dwarf phal that I rescued from the clearance bin at ...

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    Hi all,

    I have a dwarf phal that I rescued from the clearance bin at a hardware store three years ago. For the first year and a half, the pot was on a south-facing windowsill, then for the next year I lived in a basement and had minimal light. Now that I have recently moved out of the basement, she's happy as a clam and putting off new roots in every direction.

    Now with that backstory, I'm starting to wonder how to get my phal to bloom again. I water twice a week in summer, once a week in winter, and fertilize with a 20-20-20 spray mixture twice a week. Is there anything else I can do to promote blooms? Or at I just destined to have a very leafy, not very bloom-y orchid?
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    Congrats for fortitude. From your cellar to the light- I am sure your Phal will show its appreciation by rewarding you with blooms soon. Among the Phalaenopsis the minis require the most amount of light.

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    Concur with Yew Sung. Phal looks healthy. give it sometime and sure it would reward your patience.

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    Also, many Phals need a chill period (a temp drop of 10 degrees or so) to bring on the blooms. Mine usually bloom in early spring, sending up their spikes after the temps drop in the house for a few weeks in the winter. The ones in the stores are forced to bloom whenever they want to sell them, also many modern hybrids bloom a lot more freely. For myself, I am going to experiment with temperatures on the few I have had for years that don't bloom often to see if I can get more flowers out of them.

    I'm glad to know the mini Phals need more light, I am starting to collect some really tiny ones, they are so cute and don't take up much room!

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    Agree with Carol on the temperature drop. The research seems to show that consistently lower temperatures (10 - 15 F) over the course of several weeks induces spike formation. So if the temperatures are too consistent in your home your Phal may be happy as a clam just growing leaves and roots. I think about 68 F is the ideal temperature for spiking a Phal.

    The balanced fertilizer is good since you are growing in moss. From what I remember, the research doesn't seem to show any benefits on spiking when a high phosphate fertilizer is used.

    I think your plant is recovering from the year it spent in the dark and gathering nutrients. Once it completes its vegetative growth I'm sure it will reward you with blooms!

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    Also, many Phals need a chill period (a temp drop of 10 degrees or so) to bring on the blooms. Mine usually bloom in early spring, sending up their spikes after the temps drop in the house for a few weeks in the winter. The ones in the stores are forced to bloom whenever they want to sell them, also many modern hybrids bloom a lot more freely. For myself, I am going to experiment with temperatures on the few I have had for years that don't bloom often to see if I can get more flowers out of them.

    I'm glad to know the mini Phals need more light, I am starting to collect some really tiny ones, they are so cute and don't take up much room!
    Carol - I also bought a mini-Phal recently. A P. deliciosa to be exact. It's got two spikes and some teeny tiny buds. I can't wait to see the flowers.

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    Looking at pictures of P. deliciosa, I suspect that one of my little ones is a hybrid including that - it is similar, but a little bigger and a slightly different color and flower shape.

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