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My lucky surprise!

This is a discussion on My lucky surprise! within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Further to my previous post, and to assist new growers out there, I have a ...

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    Default My lucky surprise!

    Further to my previous post, and to assist new growers out there, I have a new photo of another brand new flower spike on my Phal.

    When I started looking around the 'net for orchid advice and photos I found a lack of material on new spikes forming and how to spot them. I have taken it upon myself to try and capture the moment the spikes form and hopefully enlighten new growers out there.

    Funnily enough, when I purchased this plant in June/July of 2011 it was in bloom with 2 spikes and looked lovely. I thought it funny how when the flowers dropped it became worthless in a retail sense. This is why the plants with 1 or 2 flowers left are reduced to clear. So, for the last 6 to 7 months this phal has had no monetary value. But, in this time it has had a new succulent leaf grow and numerous fat roots. Unfortunately the succulent new leaf was ripped off by my baby son when he got hold of it one day The leaf healed up and the 1st spike started shortly thereafter.

    My technique was to place the phal on the floor by the glass door because the night temperature was around 15C at night in that location and this appeared to trigger off a spike after a couple of weeks. Coincidence? Possibly.

    Here is the spike in the early stage:

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    Now look at the same spike:

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    Now see my lucky surprise 2 mornings ago when the 2nd spike started up!

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    So if anyone was wondering, that's what happens with phals. You get a leaf and then not a lot for a few months and one day you wake up and the little knobs poke out the main stem just as above in the photo. Then the plant suddenly shoots up in value again because it is going to bloom shortly.

    Keep your faith in your phals and they will take care of you.

    Take it easy everyone!

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    I love to take pictures of spikes growing as well. I find the various stages of growth amazing. Great pictures!

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    I also love taking pictures of my Phals when they're growing but the difference between yours and mine, is that yours are much better.

    Also, I really don't want to write this, but the second knob looks more like a root to me than a new spike. In my, albeit limited, experience, the spikes come from the sides of the stem and the roots can come through anywhere on it. Don't take my words too seriously, as I said, my experience is rather limited. Whether it's a spike or a root, it's still nice growing on your part!

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    Great pictures, Thank You!- those are certainly worth a thousand words apiece - very helpful!!!!!! (And, I need all the help I can get, LOL.....)

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    Nice photos, hope it blooms nicely. To me also the second new growth seems to be root, but only time will tell.

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    Regardless of location where the second new growth comes, I would say it is new root: I also look forward to the new roots as well because each orchid needs healthy roots Pls keep us updated about your new growth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paph View Post
    Regardless of location where the second new growth comes, I would say it is new root: I also look forward to the new roots as well because each orchid needs healthy roots Pls keep us updated about your new growth!
    So very true!!

    cheers,
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    Well spotted. I spoke too soon and it is, in fact, a new root. The spike is doing well still. More photos to follow.

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    Wow! spikes and roots and leaves ... good job!

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    It's so exciting when they finally "perform" isn't it?
    My "Houdini" is just beginning a spike too - first one for 3 yrs & I feel so thrilled. He has a tendency to climb out of his pot every few months, & has grown new leaves and roots every year, but nothing else - until now. It could have been that he was in a cooler room, like yours. (I'm going to move them all in there with him)

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