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Different Phal

This is a discussion on Different Phal within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; My purple Phal has a stem that shoots out of the center of the plant. ...

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    My purple Phal has a stem that shoots out of the center of the plant. No other Phals that I have seen have this feature. About 6 inches up the stem is a leaf, from which the bloom spike emerges. (I have a picture showing this, but can't figure out how to put it in) Its blooms died and I cut the brown spike. Now it is growing a new spike, but the leaves are turning yellow. Should I cut it back so the plant can focus on the leaves and roots, or let it bloom? I want to see the flowers, but not at the expense of the plant.

    A second mystery Phal was purchased in distress with yellow leaves and in really sad shape. The entire crown of the plant is now brown and dry. There are a ton of healthy roots and one leaf that is firm and has good color. Should I expect this one to come back in some way? How can I help it to do so?

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    From the description it sounds like the plant could have a terminal spike. A photo will confirm. Plants with terminal spikes generally don't survive. The problem seems to be fairly common with the mass produced, overly cloned Phals seen in big box and grocery stores. I suspect it is genetic problem related to their mass cloning/production. I have heard on occaision that these plants will produce keikis in an effort to survive, but there is always the potential for the same thing to occur in the keiki.

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    My pics are too big to upload, and when I resize them they come out blurry. I did a quick search and it is indeed a terminal spike. I suppose I will wait to see what it does now, and enjoy any blooms I get. Thank you so much for tellling me what it was, as I could not find out elsewhere. I would not mind getting keiki's even if they are doomed to do the same.

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    Hi Cris,

    Please try to resize them using this feature: Image Editor for OrchidTalk - OrchidTalk Orchid Forums - Grow Orchids!

    There is a video to help teach this software located on this page: RVO Help - OrchidTalk Orchid Forums - Grow Orchids! (Video 5)

    Sorry about the terminal spike, but hopefully you will get a keiki.

    Cheers,
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    Hope these pics show up

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    The pics worked! Thanks BD for the editor link. See it is a terminal spike, but so pretty I would let it go on and on for as long as it will survive.

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    Very informative, Thanks for sharing

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    Don't count it out yet. I chatted with one person that has a phal that produces a terminal spike repeatedly and it is a healthy plant. Yours is very pretty. Just try to keep it healthy and hope. With orchids, one never knows.....

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