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Dispel Phalaenopsis myths ..

This is a discussion on Dispel Phalaenopsis myths .. within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; It is Phal season here at the moment everything is spiking or in bloom. Just ...

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    Default Dispel Phalaenopsis myths ..

    It is Phal season here at the moment everything is spiking or in bloom. Just like to share some observation i have made and clarify a few things that growers once told me was no possible or hasn't been seen before.

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    A Phal that was bought with 2 spikes from the store can produce another 2 spikes EVERY year! As long as you give it the right things it needs. As you can see here i get two spikes every year from her.

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    A spike can arise from the same node as it did before.

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    Cutting back a spike will most often produce another spike and it doesn't have to be the node at the top.

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    Leaves can also grow on a spike to assist with photosynthesis.

    I hope this clears a few things up. Aren't orchids such interesting things?

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    I agree with you by providing the rght condition and nutrients.

    If its still in flowering mode it will producd a spike in any node, provided it was given a proper care.

    The leaves on the spike, is what we call a keiki or a baby. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Phalaenopsis has tendencies to produce keiki on spike, and some are basal keiki. Wait until it grows its own roots around 2 inches long before removing it from the spike. And planting it as any regular phal seedlings.

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    I didn't realise those leaves on spikes will turn into a keiki that is very rewarding indeed

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    Congratulations. Your cooler conditions really suit the Phals. Here we struggle to get our large flowered Phals to bloom though we have no problems blooming the small flowered types such as the bellina, violacea, lueddemaniana, cornu-cervi, amboinensis, equestris, pulcherrima etc and their hybrids.

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    A leaf on a spike is not the same thing as a keiki, it is just a leaf that formed where the scale-like bract would usually be. It will always be a single leaf. A keiki normally shows 2 or more leaves very early in development, and smaller than this. But I can't tell for sure if your picture shows a keiki or just a leaf.

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    Oh darn. Kirk is right...zooming on your first pic just show what it is. A leaf on a spike...

    But just shower it with your TLC, im sure it will reward you with a keiki or more...

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