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Tricks to bloom your orchid at home

This is a discussion on Tricks to bloom your orchid at home within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi guys, I have a couple phals that I've had for some long time already ...

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    Default Tricks to bloom your orchid at home

    Hi guys, I have a couple phals that I've had for some long time already and they never bloomed.. I have been reading about the reason why phals would flower and I saw that they require a drop in temperature at night.
    However I live in an apartment in Miami Florida and the temperature here doesn't drop very much at night. And I can't really drop the temperature of my whole apartment because that would be very uncomfortable hahaha.
    I was wondering if anybody knows a trick I could use, i read about making an ice tray under the plant
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    It is not so much a temperature drop at night. It is more of a seasonal drop in temperature. I think I've read a drop of 10 degrees F is sufficient. If you go from a hot summer to a merely warm winter, that could be enough.

    If you are still not getting spikes, I would see if your light levels are adequate (if Phal leaves are perpetually very dark green, you might want to increase light a little, but do so gradually).

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    Do you have a balcony? If not, find a window you can open a little so the night temperatures in that corner drop. Also, reduce watering from once a week to once every two weeks. You want to do this for at least a month to 6 weeks. Then resume normal watering and add a little fertilizer into your water...some honey into room temp water will work if you don't use fertilizer. Make sure when you resume watering, the first time really water them thoroughly. Even water, wait an hour and water again this time using the warm honey water. You should start seeing spikes after this. If not...maybe sell it to someone up north. I live in the Tampa area and I leave mine out back on a shelving unit since we don't freeze. As long as you go down below 60 for a month or two, they should spike out for you. Large growing operations have a "cool room", so they can force a phal to bloom any time of the year by simply lowering the temperature. That is also why it may not bloom again for you at the same time of year. Hope this helps...

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    I have a balcony that faces south, this week we've had some nice breeze at night and I left them outside during the night and put them back in during the day always facing that window. The sun doesn't stay long on that window because of the buildings blocking it certain times of the day.. They look to have a good color. Problem Is that now the temperatures have raised again.. nights are hot again around the 76F and ends up that my apartment is cooler now at night than it is outside.. So now they stay in :/ Should I maybe leave them outside during the day now so they get around 80-86F during the day and put them in to have a 73F at night? I have blooming fertilizer here at home.

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    This is where I have my orchids, My boyfriend and I made the improvised wooden hanger :P

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    This is one phal.

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    This is the smaller one which I just noticed it has a small little thing growing which I cant tell if its a spike or a root!! it comes right in between the leaves veeery low in the bottom of the plant right on top of the lowest leaf which is actually about to fall because its a very old leaf.

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    its a little purple thing, if you guys can see it on the picture

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    What you want more than a difference from day/night temp is overall lower temps. However, even so some will bloom without that. Yours look pretty healthy, so that's a plus. They could probably use a little more light, if the color is coming across right on my computer. Can you add a plant light on them when the sun isn't?

    As for the little purple thing (which I can see!) its too soon to know if its a root or a spike, sorry! Get another picture as it grows, a root will be pointy, a spike will have a tiny lump on the end, to turn into buds. Good luck!

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    I don't think it needs to be tricked.. when i was going Phals indoors every year they set off spikes during the season where temps flutuate the most which are Fall and Spring. I did not use heating or cooling sytems and opened the wiindows even at night. It did signal the Phals to spike. Keep in mind this needs to be constant for an average of three weeks to work.

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    They have both spiked by the way!! I'll be posting pictures soon of the bigger phal which the spike is already producing the flowers. All I did was leave them outside hahaha when the temperature was going under 55 I would bring them in and leave them near the window at least. After 2 weeks the bigger one started to spike and 1 month later the smaller one started too. The temperatures would vary from 70-75 during the day and 65-55 at night. Now they are both inside growing their spike secure and in peace

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