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Multiple flowering

This is a discussion on Multiple flowering within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I currently have 5 Phalaenopsis plants throwing flower spikes. My question relates to a miniature ...

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    Question Multiple flowering

    I currently have 5 Phalaenopsis plants throwing flower spikes. My question relates to a miniature version which is throwing 9 flower spikes - all growing well. Is it normal for a plant to throw this many spikes at once?

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    Wow! That's amazing, good job! I'm not sure about the normalcy, but someone will pipe in who is.

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    Multiple spikes can be induced by temperature oscillations. Spiking is caused by a temperature drop. They do show alot of multiple spike phals at the big shows in Japan and Taiwan etc., but of course the problem is that the plant has only so much energy, whatever you do by way of water, feed, heat etc, and nine spikes are unlikely to show more good flowers open at one time than the same plant with fewer.
    There is a big “but” to add here! Ther are such things as fishermens tales.
    So, show us a piccy, hey ?

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    Some of that is going to be based upon the species in the background, and how well grown they've been, allowing the plant to stock up on energy and nutrient stores.

    One customer of mine in Central America kept his experimental phalaenopsis plants above 85 degrees for several years, and they all grew and grew, having anywhere from 8-10 pairs of leaves, but never blooming. Then, after exposing them to two weeks at 65 degrees, they all threw at least a dozen spikes.

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    Would LOVE to see how spectacular those spikes are!

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