My phals are going bonkers this spring. Back in January I had two new additions where spikes had to be cut from blooming plants because the plants were too stressed to support them and were suiciding. Both plants have since recovered and have new root and leaf growth and the existing leaves are green and turgid. Both have just started new spikes. I'm wondering if they've turned the corner and I should let them do their thing (watching carefully), or if I should just say 'no - not this season' and cut the new spikes.
Along those lines, I was quite surprised when after nearly 3 months of blooms, I realized that what I thought was one of several new roots on my Dtps. Minho Diamond had bracts. That is to say, it was a second spike. It had grown out sideways, doing its best root impersonation, so I hadn't noticed it immediately. That was a few weeks ago. This weekend I found a third unmistakeable spike starting on the same plant! I didn't know a single phal (it's not a large plant) could throw so many spikes. (Well, I guess I've seen some of the branching ones do it...) How common is this?