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This is a discussion on Phal within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have this phal from last year February, all its doing is growing leaves and ...

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    I have this phal from last year February, all its doing is growing leaves and not reblooming, i have since changed its location about a month ago to where it gets some morning sun....i just hope it does better and reward me with some beautiful blooms..........Here is a pic of it
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    Does anyone have any suggestions?......Plz assist.......

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    It might need a cool down to bloom. If it was in bloom in February, then that is when you should expect it to bloom again. Overall, it looks very healthy.

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    Cool down in a hot climate? Ice water. Be sure the plant is in a free-draining material, water DAILY with ice water. This was told to me by a long time orchid grower, I have never tried it myself. I don't know how long this watering needs to continue. Any one else have any ideas?

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    You sure the ice water will work......right now i am running out of patience for this to happen........i just want a reward so badly

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    The other thing is to decrease the ppm's (parts per million) of Nitrogen in the fertilizer you are using. If you normally use 20-X-X, switch to something that is 10-X-X. As for temps...just cooling things down will help. Here is a link I found on another board that may be informative reading for some..... http://jxb.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/co...act/57/15/4043

    Keep in mind that this paper addressed the behavior of two clones and this situation may be applicable to many phal's but not necessarily all. I for one have a bellina cross that blooms in late summer.

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    Thanks i am gonna check out the site

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    Ah, just a word of caution re the ice water. Don't!

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    Ok what esle could be done to have it start blooming

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    Kuteorchid, I have a few friends that live in Singapore which have similar climate to yours in Jamaica. They too have difficulty in blooming these what they call "Taiwanese Phals". The best they could do is put the plant in an airconditioned room for at least two or 3 months. Some are successful, some are not.

    If you want yours to bloom in February or March, now is the time to put your plant in an aircon room.

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