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This is a discussion on Help Please within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I had posted a photo of what I thought was a bud on my Phal ...

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    I had posted a photo of what I thought was a bud on my Phal awhile ago. It seems to have grown a little, but not all that much, and now I'm not sure it's actually a bud, or something else. These are the best I could do with photos, but hopefully someone will be able to advise me, and tell me if there's anything I need to do. Whatever it is, it's growing between the two back to back flowers.

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    If it is a bud, blame it all on Carrie. She said it doesn't look like hers.


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    It looks like a bud to me, you have done a good job with the orchid, I wouldn't change anything now.

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    Thanks. I wonder how long it will take to actually bloom. It seems to have just stopped doing anything.

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    You'll be waiting for awhile. My phals usually take about 2 months to bloom from that stage. Maybe mine are slow though due to less than ideal conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stacey8989 View Post
    You'll be waiting for awhile. My phals usually take about 2 months to bloom from that stage. Maybe mine are slow though due to less than ideal conditions.
    Okay.. I'll just try to be patient!! Ain't gonna be easy though.

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    looks like your going to get new buds, to replace your old blooms Don't you just love how long phals stay in bloom for much longer than other orchids?

    nice photos BTW

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    Buds! heheh... and orchids do require lots of patience.

    Cheers,
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    Thank you all (except maybe Carrie!! KIDDING!!)

    And now, I found this. New spike? Could it mean more flowers (eventually)?

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    It started out very flat, but now it's suddenly visibly green, and it's rounded, although still very tiny.

    I'm sorry for asking so many questions, but I'm that new to all of this, and want to make sure I do everything right!!

    Do you think I hover too much?

    to you all, for all the help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglssong View Post
    I'm sorry for asking so many questions, but I'm that new to all of this, and want to make sure I do everything right!!

    Do you think I hover too much?

    to you all, for all the help!!
    It's easy to hover, or let me rephrase that, hard not to hover when you're really new to this. It could be a new branch on the spike or it could even be a keiki. Both are possible. Has the plant bloomed before? If this is a first spike, branching is slightly less likely than on a really mature plant. You'll find out soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orchidzrule View Post
    It's easy to hover, or let me rephrase that, hard not to hover when you're really new to this. It could be a new branch on the spike or it could even be a keiki. Both are possible. Has the plant bloomed before? If this is a first spike, branching is slightly less likely than on a really mature plant. You'll find out soon enough.

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    Rob, it has bloomed. In fact, there are two flowers on that spike now, with a bud in between them. There apparently was another spike that broke off. I had written about it previously. Someone had just tucked the broken spike into the medium and clipped it with a butterfly clip, so it looked as if it were growing. It was a real shame too, because it had three beautiful flowers on it.

    I guess we'll find out in time what that new, tiny little green thing is.

    You see, before this, I was the kiss of death to plants. They'd just see me coming and decide to just keel right over and die. So I'm beyond ecstatic to actually see something I'm caring for growing and apparently thriving. Thus, I hover!!

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