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Phal. Earth Star

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    My sweet mother in law bought this for me and I had to share. The leaf span is only 7in from tip to tip.. flowers are almost 1.5in high by 2in wide

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    Hey Tracy, very nice! This is one I have too because I just loved the little purple lip. You can expect the new leaves to be quite a bit larger as it "grows up". Mine has a leafspan from tip to tip of almost 20".

    Also, the spike will continue to grow and produce new flowers after the first ones drop so don't cut it until it actually turns brown and crispy. Mine is budding up 3 months after the first blossoms dropped off that same spike.

    And for those who remember my sunburned leaf pics, this is that plant so even though the leaves now look awful, I'm going to get flowers in a month or so.

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    Thanks RSJ!! I didnt realize it would get much bigger. SO if the leaves get bigger, than do the flowers? I love the contrast of the colors as well. Tracy

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    Very pretty, Tracy - thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jptg7781
    Thanks RSJ!! I didnt realize it would get much bigger. SO if the leaves get bigger, than do the flowers? I love the contrast of the colors as well. Tracy
    Flowers will stay the same size but you could get multiple spikes or branching as the plant matures. Mine is throwing a second spike...

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    Gilda, how long does the old spike keep going? I have only had this one for about 6 months, but the spike it had when I bought it is still growing in length and adding new buds at the end, without having cut it back to a joint. Just wondering if it will keep this spike for eons and add to it, or if this is a fluke due to having stalled after the sunburn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSJ
    Gilda, how long does the old spike keep going? I have only had this one for about 6 months, but the spike it had when I bought it is still growing in length and adding new buds at the end, without having cut it back to a joint. Just wondering if it will keep this spike for eons and add to it, or if this is a fluke due to having stalled after the sunburn?

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    I don't think the spike is growing in length due to the sunburn, most of my phals are doing this...even the ones that have had good flower counts are producing 4-6 more buds at the end...several are growing a new spike entirely ! Can't complain, can we? !! They will normally do this without cutting back to the first node. It seems mine have more buds forming this year though.
    I will try and post a picture of this later..it's a beautiful day here and I think we are going for a motorcycle ride to enjoy it !

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    Ohhh, I'm envious! Sun here today ....


    and I'm going to be at work, thinking of you on the bike with the sun shining on you and the scents of spring surrounding you...well, it's off to get ready to earn my orchid money...Have a great time!

    RSJ

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