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1st rebloom for Dtps; small magenta blooms

This is a discussion on 1st rebloom for Dtps; small magenta blooms within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Sometimes Plant put up a spike but at the same time, leaves start slowly wither, ...

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    Sometimes Plant put up a spike but at the same time, leaves start slowly wither,
    I think it's real sign of stress.

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    Yes, Nekletka is right - those are signs of a stress spike. In this case, I know that this plant has a stress spike because it had just bloomed perhaps three months ago, and when those blooms faded I repotted it right into S&H. About 3-4 weeks after repotting, I saw another spike emerge while simultaneously the leaves were declining in appearance...they were loosing their turditity, color and general composure...they were becoming a bit floppy, and most know that as a warning sign of a plant in distress. Truthfully, I think when I bought the plant and it was in bloom, I'd kept it on my desk out of the light for a little too long - that probably stressed it a great deal too. The plant hasn't declined entirely in the time since repotting, so I let it develop the spike, knowing i would cut the spike when it was far enough along to keep in a cup and enjoy the blooms

    Many plants, orchids included, have a survival method of throwing flowers if they believe they might be in danger of death. My professor used to call it the "omg I think I'm going to die" syndrome. So, that is how I know it is a stress spike

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    Wow..so much to learn ! Trying to soak up as much information as possible...this is definately the right place to do that!! So usually how long inbetween healthy spikes??

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    Most phals bloom 1-2x per year, and generally the spikes are at least 4-6 months apart. Some bloom more, some less, but I'd say this is average...however, you live in South Florida, and if your growing environment is anything like Fort Lauderdale were my father lives, I'd say you'll get excellent performance out of ALL your orchids, especially catts!!

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