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Flowering and Leaf Growth on orchids

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    Hello all I'm new to these forums

    I'm also new to growing orchids, I was given a phalaenopsis about a year ago. I have it under four CFL's and it's doing pretty well as far as I can tell, I got six nice flowers this past winter-

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    I'm very proud of this accomplishment! lol There was a lot of mystique surrounding orchids in my mind when I started and I honestly wasn't expecting to get any flowers so soon.

    Anyway, to get to my question- Will flowering disrupt new leaf growth? My orchid had four leaves when I got it and after it was done flowering this past winter it starting growing some more. It has five now and another is starting to come up, but I noticed the other day that another flower spike has come up, it's already about two inches long. If I let it grow I'm guessing the plant will devout most or all of it's energy to flower production. Would it be advisable to cut it and let the new leafs come fully in? Also, I have a root that has come in between leaves, like the spike does. Will that cause any problems if left to grow?

    This is what the plant currently looks like-

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    Phal looks very healthy. Would suggest cutting the spike only if the phal is sick otherwise it can manage itself quite well. the roots in-between leaves are called ariel roots and again is a sign of healthy phal. looking fwd to the blooms.

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    I occur with Sriram. You have a very healthy plant and I'm sure it can cope.

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    Agree with the above. Understand that the new leaf may grow very slowly now the spike has formed. That is because of what you alluded to in your original post. It devotes energy to the bloom. Again, it will cope with all it has going on. It is happy so I wouldn't change a thing and do not cut on the plant!

    And BTW- Welcome!

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    Those are beautiful flowers! And they are displayed and spaced perfectly. Can you get a close up picture of a flower? Do you know it's name? Is it a hybrid?

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    Awesome, I really didn't want to cut the flower spike unless there was some benefit for doing so. I'm also moving soon and will have to transport this plant about 700 miles, but it shouldn't yet have any flowers by then so hopefully that will go smoothly. So I gather from what everyone said that it's generally best to just let orchids do their thing, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the advice

    Thank you. It's a phalaenopsis. That bloom is from this past winter, but I do happen to have some close-ups:

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    Very nice Jason. Good job. Is it a NOID? (no identification).

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    Quote Originally Posted by T4tlrman View Post
    Very nice Jason. Good job. Is it a NOID? (no identification).
    I didn't realize that Phalaenopsis was just the genus, I thought it was the species of my orchid. I was wondering why you were asking me what it was, I thought I had already said haha. After doing some research just now I believe it is a Phal. Hita, and I also seen "sogo white" attached to that name in some places. It is a hybrid.

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    Agree... unlike many humans, including myself, orchids do just fine multitasking, putting out new roots, new leaves, and spikes ALL AT HE SAME TIME. My Phalaenopsis that was in the pantry for over a year and a half, has an acclimated very well to the mini greenhouse. I remember when I first put it in there and it's got its first NEW, big, root. In about 2 months, it shriveled up and I was convinced the plant was going to die. THAT 1ST BIG ROOT was replaced by many others/some have come and gone but the plant knows which it wants to keep and which it doesn't want to keep. It sorts itself out....isn't that amazing?

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    Mine is a NOID...... I don't even remember what color was when I got it

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    Hello,
    Beautiful Orchid. How often do you water? It looks so healthy

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