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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; I purchased my first Phal in February. When I bought it, the flowers had already ...

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    I purchased my first Phal in February. When I bought it, the flowers had already fallen off. I researched what to do and decided I should trim the branches below the first 'spike' in order to promote new growth. I did that and the plant has continued to grow. A new leaf formed and has kept growing. How long will it be before I get more budding activity?

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    Hi, it may take a year. We get rather excited around here when we get a rebloom. Also, I will be surprised if you do not buy another 'in bloom' to keep your first company.
    Welcome to the forum! There is a lot of information here that can help you rebloom your phal. For a start, be sure to see:
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    If you left some of the spike on the plant and, it has not sent out a new side spike, I'd remove the entire spike. I typically remove the entire spike from phals any ways. Though the spike will often send off a side spike, there will never be as many blooms on it as new spike will have. Typically I find it best to remove the entire spike so the plant can concentrate it's energy on growth and next years new spike and blooms.

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    Welcome to Orchidtalk! Enjoy the photos of our orchids and read up on Phals in some of the old posts, but mostly, have fun!

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    Most likely your phal will respike (a new spike--not a branch off the old spike) this fall. You can help it bloom bigger and better by helping the plant grow this summer--good light and fertilizer. Then, this fall when the days start getting shorter (Sept/Oct) you can switch to a bloom boosting fertilizer (high phosphate) and make sure there is at least a 15 degree difference between the day and nighttime temps for a couple of months. That is a sure recipie for spikes on a healthy phal.

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    Only one spike is quite eminent. Does the stalk have to grow longer to start more spikes? In 2 months they (2 stalks) have only grown a half a cm.

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    I am not sure what you mean by stalk. Do you mean the spike or the actual plant?

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    Default name those parts

    Sounds like we need to standardize our nomenclature here.
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    Does this help?

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    yes, it helps a little. I thought the spike was I guess is the node (where a bulb or bud begins). Spike is branch? Got it. Still learning.

    I trimmed (last February) just below first node and it has continued to grow. I got a new leaf and a couple new roots. I use water soluble fertilizer. At the rate the spike is growing, it doesn't seem as though next fall will bring me new nodes (future flowers). I took pictures but my computer wont let me upload. Thanx for your help so far. I mainly just want to know when to expect my first bloom.

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    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.

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