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This is a discussion on An orchid spike? within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; So, my friend passed along a phal that had quit blooming. It had lasted a ...

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    Default An orchid spike?

    So, my friend passed along a phal that had quit blooming. It had lasted a long, long time, even for a phal, with a branched infloresence. By the time i got it, each branch was sprouting a keiki...one, in fact, had its own spike starting. She asked that I pot up the keiki with the spike to give back to her, and keep the rest. So, I now have 1 keiki (growing well) and the main plant.

    The main plant had two swellings below the keikis I removed (i on each branch). Since it looked strong, and I was curious to see, I left them. One has 3 very small tips emerging (they look like a keiki and 2 spikes starting), plus a very short root. Too small to see much yet. The other had what I thought was going to be a spike, then it got too fat for a spike, so I decided it would be a plantlet. Then a leaf started to emerge...then a flower bud...and I think a second flower bud on the other side of the leaf.

    I suppose I should cut everything off, and let the plant relax. OTOH, it seems quite happy.

    Weird. Anyone seen anything like this?
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    That is really cool. I have one doing almost the same thing. It was a phal I rescued just for an experiment. It was a very healthy plant with great roots but unfortunately it had sent up two spikes from the very center which means eventual death to the plant. I bought it because I loved the color and form of the flowers and hoped that it would produce a keiki. It started with a bud swelling that at first I thought was a spike. It grew about two inches and then developed a leaf. Now it appears that it is starting to develope a spike above the leaf. Will be interesting to watch and for only a $1 a neat learning experiment no matter what the result. The orginal plant remains very healthy and sending roots out like crazy. Keep us updated on yours. Got to love the oddities of nature.

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    Kathi, it looks very happy & healthy to me...If it were mine, I'd leave it alone & just watch it closely...Good growing! Betty

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    Cool, never seen it... looks like it can't decide to make a keiki or spike! Good growing!
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    Hi Kathi -

    No idea what your crazy phal is doing, but i wanted to congratulate you on the photo - really nice!

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    Thanks all...if nothing else, this confirms for me that mine may not be the only deranged phal in the world!!!

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    Perhaps our orchids are getting ready for 12/23/2012? LOL

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    Maybe...what mine is doing does sound a lot like your plant. I'll post pics later when it opens or sprouts alien heads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    Kathi, it looks very happy & healthy to me...If it were mine, I'd leave it alone & just watch it closely...Good growing! Betty
    Yea, and it is kinda cool too. Let it grow and see what happens.

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    Update...here's what my weird phal looks like now. The first branch (pictured above) now looks like this (the other has 2 secondary spikes on it):
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