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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; I have a phal that's in flower right now . I bought it that way ...

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    I have a phal that's in flower right now . I bought it that way in January . It seems to be doing well and has since grown 2 new healthy looking leaves so , to me it looks like it should be healthy enough to give another flowering . What should I expect once I cut the spike , where should I cut the spike ? Some say it should be the second node from the base , others say below where the first bud appeared . What are your thoughts on this ? Sand Tiger , Orchid Addict ...anyone please ? Also , how long does it normally take before you see new spike growth if it's going to do so ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    I have a phal that's in flower right now . I bought it that way in January . It seems to be doing well and has since grown 2 new healthy looking leaves so , to me it looks like it should be healthy enough to give another flowering . What should I expect once I cut the spike , where should I cut the spike ? Some say it should be the second node from the base , others say below where the first bud appeared . What are your thoughts on this ? Sand Tiger , Orchid Addict ...anyone please ? Also , how long does it normally take before you see new spike growth if it's going to do so ?
    Yvonni, I'll tell you what I do. This pretty much works every time for me...and my sis and my massage therapist were also able to rebloom their orchids for the first time doing this, so I don't think it's just luck. Basically, once all of your flowers fall off, snip the spike just below the last place a flower came out. All the nodes underneath it should be "closed." If you have more than one spike, treat them all the same way...it doesn't matter if you're snipping one or three at a time. Just make sure all the flowers have fallen off. Once you've done this, keep watering your orchid and fertilizing it as you normally do. The orchid will decide what it wants to do next. In my experience, the orchid will often shoot out a new spike from the node at the top of the spike. If you have snipped a couple of spikes, they will often sprout together. This often happens within a month of snipping.

    However, don't panic if it doesn't. Your orchid might be taking the time to grow some new foliage. If it's working on growing leaves, it probably isn't going to put much energy into spiking and flowering. Or it might spend some time building its root system. Basically, as long as the leaves are green, you've got a happy plant. My sister was baffled because she trimmed her spikes but her orchid appeared to not be doing anything. I just told her to keep watering it normally and make sure it's getting enough light. After about three months, just as she was getting ready to give it to me to see if I could get it to sprout, it suddenly shot out a spike from the top node. Apparently it was busy doing other things for three months. Anyway, patience is key. As long as the plant is looking good, keep doing what you're doing.

    Sometimes the spikes you snipped will turn yellow all the way to the base a couple of weeks after you snip them. That's okay too...it just means the orchid decided it was done flowering for a little bit. If the spikes turn yellow all the way to the base, snip them off as close as you can to the base of the plant, then give the orchid some time to "rest." Maybe move it a little further from the light and cut back on the fertilizer for a couple of months. Then, after a couple of months of "time off," move it closer to the light again and increase the fertilizer to what you were originally giving it. After a few weeks of increased light and fertilizer, the orchid should initiate a brand new spike from the base of the plant. You may get one or three or more...it all depends on the plant. But either way it's tremendously gratifying to see a new spike shoot out from the base of the plant. Then you get to start the process all over again!

    As far as whether your orchid is healthy enough to give another flowering...it sounds like it is, but in my opinion, it's always best to let the orchid decide what it wants to do next. It's my thinking that if you snip the spike close to the base, you're pretty much forcing it into flowering a certain way... whereas if you cut it just below the first bud, you are only removing the spent portion of the stalk and you are allowing the orchid to decide what it wants to do next. Then you don't even need to worry about whether the orchid looks healthy enough for another flowering; the orchid will decide if it wants to flower or if it wants to take a break. I personally feel that you create the least amount of stress and injury by just removing the part the plant has used up (the very top of the stalk). Of course, this is just my opinion, and I know some people do it differently...but I've never gone wrong using this method.

    Anyway, I hope this rather long-winded response was helpful! I'd love to see a pic of your pretty phal before it drops its flowers! Post one if you get a chance...although I think we might be hijacking Sand Tiger's thread here...you could always message me with a pic too, or if you have any more questions. I'd love for you to keep me posted on how your plant is doing!

    Best of luck!
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    Well the flowers dropped off about two nights ago, and the next day the spike immediately started turn red/dying (at least the portion where the flowers were), and it's growing a new leaf now. I guess it's telling me "screw this, I need a leaf." Though, it's incredibly healthy with lots of firm leaves and roots and really never stopped growing while in spike. It was always putting out new leaves and roots regardless. It's really gotten a lot bigger and more resilient than when I first got it, so I'm hoping for two spikes the next time it flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    I guess it's telling me "screw this, I need a leaf."
    That's one foul-mouthed orchid you have. ;-) You crack me up!! LOL It's interesting to hear different experiences with Phals. Mine usually stop doing one thing when they're doing something else. Growing leaves=no spikes, making tons of flowers=no new leaves. Interesting! I wonder if it's just because mine have been hibridized to heck or if it's a climate thing. Like you said before...different strokes... ah, well...let us know if you get 2 spikes next time!

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    I'm with Sand Tiger my phals are doing the exact same thing . Beautiful blooms and they don't seem to be dropping as yet even though the plants have been in flower since Jan and Feb and they are also growing new roots and new leaves at the same time . I thought I was the only one a bit confused about that . All that I have read and heard suggest that they do one thing at a time like Jenn says.

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