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Phal Question

This is a discussion on Phal Question within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Tess, Haven't you changed your name yet? Remember, Phalaenopsis orchids grow DOWN the tree in ...

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    Tess, Haven't you changed your name yet? Remember, Phalaenopsis orchids grow DOWN the tree in nature. What we think of as right-side-up in a pot is actually upside down for the plant. The ones in baskets I hang sideways to fall gently out of the pot (pinned in to the basket with bamboo skewers from my local grocery store). The ones potted in LECA, I pot laying sideways across the top of the pot. Makes them look kinda funny until you get used to it.
    Jacob. Yep! The spike is what holds the flowers. Some phals are multiple spiking, meaning the spikes will branch so it kinda looks like a little bush. Others are strictly one spike at a time. To upload your photo here at Orchidtalk, use your photo software to make a copy, then resize that copy to no more than 700 pixels by 700 pixels or less. When you post a reply, choose 'Go Advanced' instead of post quick reply. Scroll down below the message box to the Manage Attatchments button and click on that, choose browse from the pop-up window and select the file of your photo that you have saved on your computer. Once the photo has loaded onto that pop-up, click upload to transfer it to your message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchid_killer View Post
    Is it me, or is that phal hanging upside down?

    My healthy phals only bloom once a year. But the blooms last for about 2 months or more. I'm in Florida where it is hot a lot. Oh, and I only have spring flowering hybrid phals. There are other types of phals that have different requirements like the doritis hybrids and such, which, I think do not have the same requirements.

    A phal has to have the right temperature and light to bloom. A phal in too much shade will not re-bloom - as evidenced by my many indoor non-blooming phals. Hah!

    Anyway, for a phal to initiate spiking, it has to have temps that do not go higher than 80 degrees for an entire month or so. And keeping temps between 65 and 75 when the spike is between 2 and 8 inches long will produce more flowers on a spike. Humidity must remain high which is a challenge for Floridians because the cooler months come with low humidity. Bright filtered light is also needed.
    if you can give information and advice at this level
    then you should lose the 'killer' sobriquet.

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