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What is growing off my phal?

This is a discussion on What is growing off my phal? within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hey guys! Forgive me if I'm sounding stupid here, but I need a little bit ...

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    Default What is growing off my phal?

    Hey guys! Forgive me if I'm sounding stupid here, but I need a little bit of help with my phalenopsis. I got him discounted at the store because his blooms were falling off. I knew he'd bloom again, so I seized the opportunity to get a super cheap orchid! But the next week I noticed some protrusion growing from about mid way up his stalk. I wandered what it was, as I didn't expect him to grow any more blooms or anything for a while since it seemed the end of his blooming cycle. (I tried to include a photo, I hope it worked!)

    Let me know what you all think! I'd really appreciate it!


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    It's too early to tell but it's either a branching of the spike (which may bloom again) or a keiki (vegetative reproduction, will grow into a baby plant which can be removed and potted up when it's roots are 1 1/2-2 inches long).

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    Well, that's exciting! Should I be concerned at all that he's trying to do this so soon after loosing his blooms?

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    Nope, don't worry about it. Just continue to care for it as you have been.

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    Thanks for the help

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    Cool. Also keep in mind it might decide to do nothing much more than what you see now. Orchids teach us patience for sure.

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    Jet,

    I would also take the opportunity to repot the plant. You can then check the roots. Most local "chain stores" severely overwater Phals. leaving the roots a mushy mess. Cut these off and place the plant in the medium that has worked bet for you.

    Dan

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