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Dtps. Minho Diamond

This is a discussion on Dtps. Minho Diamond within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by lja I'm probably worse.... Louis (I'm thinking Lou-ee as I type this ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    I'm probably worse....
    Louis (I'm thinking Lou-ee as I type this and not Lou-is), are you a betting man? If so, PM me...

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    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?

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    if you're concerned about a recovering plant throwing spikes, I'd knock the plant out of its pot (gently). if you see a ton of actively growing roots, i'd just let it bloom a little. and if you don't, well, you can clean it up and let it recover. my 0.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    My phals are going bonkers this spring.

    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?

    Julie
    I think if a plant is basically healthy, probably not that uncommon. I just don't let my plants do this especially if summer is coming and I want them to go outside and grow leaves. Almost all of mine did this last year. I put them outside and they started to spike again. I chopped all the spikes off. They started growing new leaves and then spiked again in early fall the way I wanted them to behave.

    You have to discipline these BRATS!!

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