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Phal Question - initiating flower spike

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    Default Phal Question - initiating flower spike

    This is my phal that I rescued from a big box store last October. It's been doing great in its new pot! My question is how to get it to spike (it is currently growing its 7th leaf - see pics). It resides at my kitchen window, which faces North. My mini phal in this same location flowered for me April thru June, without being moved from its growing spot. I wonder if I should put this phal outside on my porch over night & bring it in during the day. It's been getting down into the low-mid 60s here at night lately. Or should I just leave it at the window? My dendrobium has a new flower spike & it spent the summer outside. I guess it's spiking because of the cooler night temps. Any thoughts?? Name:  100_4104.JPG
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    I always use the temp drop to initiate spikes on my plants, I guess it would work for you too, although a north facing window doesn't work for me. The plant looks great, I guess you should see some flowers soon.

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    I think it is still a little early for phals to start spiking. Mine usually spike in October and November after having a couple weeks of night time temperatures in the 50's. If you have a porch that faces East and is covered--to protect your Phal from getting water in it's crown- I'd put it there until the temps at night were going to go below 55 degrees or so. Perhaps others have better suggestions but I find that this works for me. Good luck and look forward to seeing pictures of your phat in bloom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabi_borza View Post
    I always use the temp drop to initiate spikes on my plants, I guess it would work for you too, although a north facing window doesn't work for me. The plant looks great, I guess you should see some flowers soon.
    The north facing window is about the only place I can put them & still enjoy them. Our house faces south & has a full-length, covered front porch, so no sunlight really comes in those windows. I have my house plants at our french doors that face west, but that's behind our dining room table. I would not be able to see them in there. I just need to put a plant window where they stay now! Then they could get sun & feel the coolness. I sure hope it will flower; the color will be a surprise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    I think it is still a little early for phals to start spiking. Mine usually spike in October and November after having a couple weeks of night time temperatures in the 50's. If you have a porch that faces East and is covered--to protect your Phal from getting water in it's crown- I'd put it there until the temps at night were going to go below 55 degrees or so. Perhaps others have better suggestions but I find that this works for me. Good luck and look forward to seeing pictures of your phat in bloom.
    Still a bit early for phals - okay. I do have the covered front porch (facing south), which is where my dendrobium & cattleya have been since May. I could try the porch & keep an eye on my phal. I haven't bloomed a big phal before, only the mini phal. I'll see if anyone else has suggestions too. Thanks for your tip!

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    Oh, & I will definitely be posting pics once this bugger blooms! I want to know what kind of phal it is.

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    The first weeks of august were a little bit colder than usual, especially at night, so my phals got fooled! I've already got the first spikes!
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    Congratulations Gabi! Your phals will be in bloom much earlier than ours!!

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    most of my hybrid phals are developing their spikes right now and some have blooms. They started sometime July during the heavy rainfall.

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