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Are these Phal. buds going to grow ?

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    Question Are these Phal. buds going to grow ?

    This winter I turned on my electric heater below my windowsill. i thought the heat would be deflected enough. And blasted about 3 buds.

    This really is upsetting because several months ago I posted this Phal. stating it hadn't bloomed in 5 years . These buds shown have been on the plant for 2-3 months, but have not developed. Since it is getting warmer and brighter I have hoped that the buds would grow.

    Should I wait another month and see if they develop? Or, give up and re- pot?

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    If the buds have not blasted, wait...

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    Can you post a pic?

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    OK, They don't seem to be blasted, they are green. They seem to be stunted

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    Geez! I forgot!

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    Also, I've found that when phals are developing buds, they need increased water to give the buds enough moisture to develop into flowers. Make sure your plant is getting enough light, and be a bit more generous with your watering. I've noticed a direct correlation between the amount of water I give a plant and the amount of buds that make it to maturity.

    Also, the heat can DEFINITELY cause a problem by drying out the surrounding air. When I have a phal that's having a rough time trying to flower, I will often put the original clay pot inside a larger ceramic pot to help hold humidity around the plant. It did WONDERS for my Phal schilleriana, which was chugging along happily and then suddenly started blasting buds. I put the clay pot inside an outer pot, watered the plant more frequently and increased the amount of light it was getting, and I was able to save the remaining buds on the plant that way.

    Anyway, those are just a couple of easy tricks to help save the buds. Good luck, and post a pic if you can!

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    Ahhhh... okay... the remaining buds actually look fine to me. The ones on the end of the stalk always take the longest to develop, and are the last to open. Question about the open nodes below your buds. Those are from the buds that blasted, right? And not from a previous blooming? The reason I ask is because if they are from a previous blooming, you would have wanted to snip the stalk below the open nodes to encourage a new inflorescence to form. But if they are the blasted buds from this current new spike, then I would continue on as normal.

    The buds on the ends of the stalk are always the very last to plump up and bloom, and they can often look sort of "jammed together" as you wait for them to grow. I would recommend increased watering and giving the plant more sun if you can supply it. That should kick-start your phal into growing some nice plump buds. Just increase the light slowly... you can slowly inch it toward that lovely sunny, high humidity window of yours! But definitely, DEFINITELY keep it away from the heater if you possibly can. Heaters dry the air terribly and just bake the moisture right out of the pots.

    I can't tell what kind of pot your flower is in, but you can always stick it inside a larger pot to help hold humidity. And again, give it lots of water, too.

    Finally, if the buds at the end of this stalk just sit there and don't do ANYTHING for ages, instead of re-potting, snip your stalk right below the last open node (where your bottom bud was). This will encourage the plant to make a new inflorescence from a lower node, and once that starts, you can take extra care to provide more humidity and light, and you should get a nice spray of flowers. I've been known to do that if one of my plants somehow ends up with 2 measly buds at the end... instead of just getting two buds, I snip the stalk below the blasted buds, and it will shoot out a whole new glorious inflorescence! Then I'll have 10 flowers instead of 2!

    Hope that was helpful! Make sure you post pics when your buds open!!

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    Thanks Jenn, I received this Phal in a ceramic orchid pot. I knew better than to turn on that heater, I usually turn on the one in the hall, just to prevent bud blast.... I'll give it more fertilizer and water. the window is getting pretty warm and bright now that we have had a few sunny days.

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    that is your old spike with a live terminal end. It may extend and you will get an elongation of the spike with more buds> One of my earlier plants was a Phal that bloomed off of one or the other of it's two spikes for close to three years before I decided to remove them and develop new spikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    that is your old spike with a live terminal end. It may extend and you will get an elongation of the spike with more buds> One of my earlier plants was a Phal that bloomed off of one or the other of it's two spikes for close to three years before I decided to remove them and develop new spikes.
    I hope it does bloom. My friend didn't remember what the color was or anything about it.. This is a new spike,with buds I blasted lower down. This Phal. hasn't bloomed in over 5 years. It has 2-3 off shoots that I will remove when I re-pot, someday.

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