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Alternative Phal display

This is a discussion on Alternative Phal display within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hi all! I've just put up my orchid shelf and I'm considering allowing the flower ...

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    Hi all! I've just put up my orchid shelf and I'm considering allowing the flower spikes on the Phal to grow downwards so the blooms hang down over the side. I know most Phals are staked and the spikes stand vertical but I'm thinking of having them hanging down. Anyone tried this? Does it look good?
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    Hi mike,

    It really depends on the natural behavior of the particular orchid.
    Some phals have a really strong vertical inflorescence, so the growers just reinforce that instead of going against it.
    There are phals that have naturally pendulous inflorescence, but some growers still try to train them upwards due to space constraints.

    The orchid will do what it wants to do. So if you want a downwards flower display then you will have to do it on a plant that naturally hangs its spike down.
    Otherwise the growing tip of the spike will curl upward again as it grows.

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    Maybe a strong light source from somewhere below them could help achieve that result. But it seems like doing that would be tricky.
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    Phals normally let their spikes hang over the pot in a lovely arch...and I love letting them grow every which way. My husband would stake them all up on me if he had his way. I just think they look more natural. If the spike is too long it may need to be spiked or they break sometimes...depends on the flower count.

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    See if your plants has a thick stem of blooms, also if you notice that the tip of the stem is really going upwards even if the blooms are making it go downward.

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    Thanks for all the feedback there people!

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    As one post stated earlier, it depends on the plant. For those phals that allow their stems to drape down gracefully, I let them do it because I like the look. Other phals have strong vertical stems that won't hang down no matter what you do. Maybe you could display the upright plants somewhere else. Good luck.

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    Wow cool. That top picture is exactly what I had in mind! Thanks for sharing these

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    Phal violacea, amboinensis and other novelty type hybrids are best displayed growing downwards. You can suspend the pot with a single wire:



    The large-flowered types can also be grown like this (like what tucker85 did) but I prefer not to as the downward-growing spikes can be so large and take up too much space in my orchid rack. For those, I grow them upright and stake the spikes halfway to keep them sturdy, but let them arch naturally.

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    Thanks for showing your photos there. Looks good!

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