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Do experts know about cutting phal spikes?

This is a discussion on Do experts know about cutting phal spikes? within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; It depends on the species. Some species will bloom on the same spike year after ...

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    It depends on the species. Some species will bloom on the same spike year after year. I mostly grow Phal species these days and most of my Phal hybrids are gone. I only remove dead spikes from species.

    When I did grow hybrids...it was usually sometime in January that I would start seeing spikes forming on the spring bloomers.

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    I also have a question concerning this topic: What am I supposed to do with spikes of phal species or primary hybrids?

    I was told I should not cut the spikes because there may be new blooms coming from the old spikes. Is this something different or should I also cut the spike then?

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    Thanks Ron, so I am going to keep them the way they are unless they are dead anyway.

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    Unless you are growning certain species or primary hybrids, cut the spike at the base. If it's not re-spiking after a year check you culutural practices and make adjustments.

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    I was having the same problem through not knowing a single thing - when my phal flowered I was so thrilled I cut it and took it to my elderly sister, and it didn't send up another spike for a year. Then I was told I should either leave it on the plant [which I do now] and since then I read to cut it and leave a couple of nodes. Well I haven't tried that, but last time when I let the whole spike of flowers there, it rebloomed from that spike 3 more times in the year. I have 4 phals now with new spikes so I will try cutting and leaving nodes.
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