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Sulking phalaenopsis

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    Hi, just discovered this ace website! I bought a phal 2 years ago from an orchid grower at a fair but it was very cold. The plant,Goldvein, dropped all it's buds within a week, Since then it's grown 3 new leaves which look very healthy, but no sign of any flower spikes. Any advice please?

    On the other hand, I got Phal Flare spot 3 years ago and it's only been out of flower for a few weeks and I've just potted up a baby, and there's another on the way!

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOHH! I do love orchids! Judi

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    Hi Judi! Great to have you onboard!

    It can be frustrating, can't it? I've had phals skip a blooming season for no apparent reason when their neighbors are going nuts with blooms. Or sometimes, they are a type which just doesn't bloom at the same time as the others. Some like to bloom during the summer--don't know about yours.

    So all we can do is be sure they have plenty of light and a warmish location. They will bloom when they are good and ready. ha

    Any hints of spring where you live? Here there is still deep snow, but the days and longer and the light is stronger--so there is hope!

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    Hi Judi,

    Welcome to the forum!
    Cheers,
    BD

    EDIT: I forgot to answer your question. oops! Some phals require a cool down (drop in temps) to initiate spike. I believe you need about a 10 - 15 degree difference in temps. An orchid we gave my mom would not bloom for her for two years. We brought it back to the gh where the temps do change in a significant way and in no time it had the beginnings of a spike. We took it back to her and it is starting to form its buds for her now. So, try more light and a temp drop. Regards, BD

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    Hi Judi!

    Welcome to the obsession! I have a couple phals that I have no idea why they won't rebloom. It makes me crazy when I have others that won't stop. I'd try more light, and maybe try to coax it with a few weeks of weak fertilizing with a bloom fertilizer. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't.

    If it doesn't help, you'll just have to get another one!!

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    Oops I read your post all wrong in the morning, I'm disfunctional when I wake up after going to bed at 2am. Silly me, my first post didn't help much so I'm deleting it

    I now see that the plant has grown three leaves since the bud blast, so its got good growth. Yes light can be an issue. A slight temperature difference between day and night can help initiate bud. I found my winter time house temp flucuations does cause them to send a spike, but unforunately lighting is poor so the blooms aren't good

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    Welcome to the forum. I agree with everything said above plus my phals seem to respond well to good air circulation.
    Cin

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    Welcome to the forum. If you have one phal blooming like crazy, you are doing a lot of things right! I'd try the temperature drop trick that BD mentioned above.

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