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My First Spike!!!!!!!!!

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    Talking My First Spike!!!!!!!!!

    i was watering this weekend and found a spike!!! this is the first time one of my phals has devoloped a spike under my care...

    i was given this plant about a month ago and was about to put it into bark (i have had no luck with sphag) am i still safe to do that???
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    Congratulations.
    If you are happier with a bark mix then repot it.
    I have changed Phals over to s/h from bark & they have kept flowering.
    Just try not to knock the roots about to much , a soak in tepid water for 15 mins or so will make the roots a little bit more pliable.

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    Hey, good for you! It's fun, isn't it? I'm sure it is the first of many!

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    YEA For YOU !!!

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    Even more important than the roots, be careful handling the plant so you don't break the tip of the spike off!

    Congrats! Spikes are even more fun than the blooms themselves, because they're such a complete surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncasteeb View Post
    I have changed Phals over to s/h from bark & they have kept flowering.
    thanks...
    i have switched about 5 plants to s/h and want to see how they do before i do more

    i cant wait to see the blooms, it's a complete noid, the person who gave it to me couldn't remember what color it was

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    What is even more of a surprise than finding out what color a NoID is is to have a plant that is labelled something and to have it bloom into something TOTALLY different. I have a phal that is labeled amabilis, a white flower. When it bloomed it was a very bright PINK!!! I have read there is a pink variety of this but I cannot refind the link so noone believes me.

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    I remember so well how I felt the first time I got a plant to spike. So cool, Steve.

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    Steven,

    PM Pat Mahon and run it by him. I just checked the species in Eric Christenson's Phalaenopsis monograph, and the only color variations are within the lip. I think pink petals and sepals are some other plant.

    McJulie

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