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First rebloom of this Phal

This is a discussion on First rebloom of this Phal within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Lots of flowers. Good growing....

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    Lots of flowers. Good growing.

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    It really DOES look happy. Good job!

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    Nice growing Kelly! Beautiful phal orchid blooms!

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    I thought Phals weren't your thing? *wink* Gorgeous!! Beautiful rebloom!! I actually didn't realize you could let the inflorescence bear that much weight. The orchids I buy are usually staked all over the place, and when they throw out new spikes I'm always careful to stake everything that's blooming in several places. Perhaps I'm just a bit too OCD about it... the cascading blooms are quite gorgeous on yours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    I thought Phals weren't your thing? *wink* Gorgeous!! Beautiful rebloom!! I actually didn't realize you could let the inflorescence bear that much weight. The orchids I buy are usually staked all over the place, and when they throw out new spikes I'm always careful to stake everything that's blooming in several places. Perhaps I'm just a bit too OCD about it... the cascading blooms are quite gorgeous on yours!
    Haha, well Jenn, Phals. aren't my choice orchid but you have to have at least one for a collection or else it just wouldn't be right, would it? :P And you'd be surprised at how much weight a spike can actually tolerate. These plants are meant to bare the weight of several heavy flowers (provided they normally grow upside down in nature, but regardless)...it's all about weight displacement. I staked at the spot where I felt like it could potentially snap, if were to at all. It's not really necessary to stake the portion of the spike where the flowers are coming off of...the burden of the weight is at the back curvature of the inflorescence. I could probably remove the stake and nothing would happen other than the spike being so long that the flowers at the tip would be touching the table! lol

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    Thanks everyone!

    Well, I guess it's a good thing I took pictures when I had the chance because they all just wilted yesterday! It was time, the thing had been in bloom for months. Now I'm just debating on cutting the entire spike off or cutting above a node. I don't know if I should give a resting period without flowers...aren't branched flowers smaller and less vibrant, anyway? I'm thinking I may cut it all off, and hope for two spikes next time.

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    Very beautiful.just love these blooms...

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    Well grown plant and beautiful flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    Thanks everyone!

    Well, I guess it's a good thing I took pictures when I had the chance because they all just wilted yesterday! It was time, the thing had been in bloom for months. Now I'm just debating on cutting the entire spike off or cutting above a node. I don't know if I should give a resting period without flowers...aren't branched flowers smaller and less vibrant, anyway? I'm thinking I may cut it all off, and hope for two spikes next time.
    Kelly, I always cut above the node...and I've kept spikes going for years that way. Eventually the spike dies, and then I cut it off and give the plant a rest, but I've never noticed a decrease in flower size or quality when I cut above a node. I've read that it's typical for the next round of flowers to be smaller, but I've never actually seen that happen. I do fertilize regularly...I know there are differing opinions on whether you should fertilize when a plant is actively spiking/blooming, but I fertilize all year round and it seems to work well. Let us know what you decide to do!

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    congratulation for the rebloom,it look really healthy .good growing

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