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Does this spike count?

This is a discussion on Does this spike count? within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Does this count as reblooming my first orchid? I bought this phal a few months ...

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    Does this count as reblooming my first orchid? I bought this phal a few months ago. Its roots were sad and its leaves were floppy. However, it did have 2 spikes that were done blooming and had been cut back. I repotted it and it has firmed up and started to really look good. Then one day I noticed that the two top nodes were swelling. I now have 2 respikes. So, does this count?

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    Many times the spikes abort, turning brown to the plant and eventually drying out. Obviously, the plant still felt like blooming. I have gotten to where I let the plant decide. I do not cut spikes until they are dried, brown and whacking me in the face these days. So; "in my humble opinion"...you can pat yourself on the back. Any spike...bud...or sheath that YOU get to flower is a "flower in your cap". How many times have I bought a plant only for the flowers or buds to yellow and wither. Who cares...it makes me happy when I see the flower, I think you should take credit...now comes the hard part....waiting for those lovely buds to turn into flowers. Enjoy...

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    I agree with Connie. You and the orchid can take total credit for the up and coming blooms! Al

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    I think this quite normal for healthy phals. sometimes you might even get a bonus with a keiki forming on the old spike.

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    Thanks, guys! Finally feel that I am doing something right.

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    I have a phal re-spiking, and I definitely will count it when it blooms.

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    I'm just so excited!! I don't really remember what this will look like, but I think it is very pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daethen View Post
    ... I now have 2 respikes. So, does this count?
    Sure, why not!!! It would not have done so well without your good care.
    It is your reward for good culture. Enjoy.

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    A couple of days before Christmas my aunt fell and broke her hip. She is doing fine. Knowing that she wouldn't be going back to her home this winter we went up and collected her plants. One of which is a noid phal. She has been slowly killing it. I soaked it in thrive for a half hour then repotted it into sphag because it looked dehydrated. I cut back one spike that was brown but left the other one. It had some good roots yet. Well, it is starting something at the end of the remaining spike. I'm leaving it for now because the plant is looking much healthier.

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