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Kiss of death

This is a discussion on Kiss of death within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I must have missed this thread when it was first posted. I was just wondering...what, ...

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    I must have missed this thread when it was first posted. I was just wondering...what, if anything, causes the spike to grow this way?

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    I must have missed this thread when it was first posted.
    Same here. I know a woman who has a knack for inducing keikis on Phals. Rather than watering her medium every week or so, she just mists the whole plant every day. I've never tried it, but it works like a charm for her.

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    That's an interesting concept PaGrower...an older lady in our society said the reason I didn't get kiekies ,was I cut my spike in the wrong place.

    I have had only 3 kiekies in my 4 1/2 years of growing over 80+ phals. One grew from the old blooming spike at the very end ,another grew a spike ,which proceeded to turn into a plant...bloomed,too!! Another just bloomed on the very end and made small leaves up the spike...no roots at all!

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    Jane, hows is your phal doing?
    Today I really wanted to buy this cute phal hybrid but then in noticed that one of the spikes was growing from the crown.
    It reminded me of your phal.

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    Jane, hows is your phal doing?
    That's so weird. So phals die when they grow spikes like that ...what a sad thing.

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    Sorry!!! I was late in answering this but we just got back from 10 days in the Dominican Republic this evening.I'm just now getting caught up on my email.Haven't been out in the greenhouse yet but when I left the phal was still blooming away so not sure if or when it will croak.I'll keep you apprised.Maybe it will just collapse when that middle spike is finished blooming.

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    Here we are in June 2005 & my plant is still blooming it's head off.The leaves are still nice & green but no keiki or anything.This is really a slow death!

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    Jane - did the spike start out looking like the plant was growing a pair of leaves at the same time? I have a phal that just in the last 2 weeks has produced what looks to be a pair of leaves on a smallish "extension" of the main plant. Am I facing the dreaded kiss of death???

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