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Phals - cutting entire spike vs. snipping beneath node

This is a discussion on Phals - cutting entire spike vs. snipping beneath node within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by JackiePS Wow! That is a busy plant! Why is it putting out ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackiePS View Post
    Wow! That is a busy plant! Why is it putting out roots so high up?
    To quote a car insurance company's commercial "It is what they do!"

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    Please, please PLEASE tell me there is a chance that this is a spike and not a weirdo root!



    Roots....





    Front of the plant... this is the one with the basal keiki


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    Its a root
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    Here are few pic for you with spikes and new roots growing so you can see the difference . New spike coming out usually light green, on this phal its darker green due to its old but not developed completely (i bought it this way, it has three spikes, one fully developed and finished flowering by now and these two spike as pictured, they did not change in size for the last month or two)

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    Sorry, its definitely a root. Phals grow them off into the air all the time, very untidy of them, but happy Phals just do that. They stabilize the plant and can photosynthesize as well. I'm sure on a tree trunk, extra roots growing all directions are very useful to the plant. Better luck next time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chemist View Post
    Its a root
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    Here are few pic for you with spikes and new roots growing so you can see the difference . New spike coming out usually light green, on this phal its darker green due to its old but not developed completely (i bought it this way, it has three spikes, one fully developed and finished flowering by now and these two spike as pictured, they did not change in size for the last month or two)

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    Also a new spike has a 'mitten-like' form visible at the tip from the start of the growth where as the roots doesn't have that and is generally smooth at the tip.

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    Thank you Chemist.... in my heart, I knew the truth... *sigh* lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    Sorry, its definitely a root. Phals grow them off into the air all the time, very untidy of them, but happy Phals just do that. They stabilize the plant and can photosynthesize as well. I'm sure on a tree trunk, extra roots growing all directions are very useful to the plant. Better luck next time!
    Roots, schmoots! lol! Thanks Carol. I was being hopeful. Soon, a spike shall form...I just know it!

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    This thread inspired me to post my funkiest phal spike. This is my favorite phal for many reasons, one of them being the crazy spike

    Looks pretty typical from this angle....



    Behold!



    Another silly spike




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