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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; At least that is what I have been told.Once a spike comes up through the ...

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    Default Kiss of death

    At least that is what I have been told.Once a spike comes up through the middle of the plant as this one does --it's sayonara! I'll just enjoy all the buds & flowers as they come from all the branching that it's forming.I like this one even tho' I find it hard to photograph as it glistens so.By the way it's Lava Glow.There is a spike on the side that developed normally.I'm not sure if it's close enough to a species to throw off a keiki.That is my hope but..... who knows.
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    That's very interesting, I did not know that! Hopefully since one is normal, maybe it will make it? Lovely shade of magenta, Jane!

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    That's a nice plant too, Jane. Don't you hate it when that happens? It's only happened to me once in my 16 years of growing, but it definitely was the kiss of death (and a long, slow one at that. I kept hoping a keiki would form so I refused to give up on it, but the leaves eventually died away and that was that...)

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    Poor Phal How long have you had it?

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    3 years, Dana.

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    well, it ain't over until it's over...just pray that it puts up a side growth or a keiki (don't cut off the flower spikes).

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    Don't give up Jane ! I have had 2 phals do that and they both grew basal keikis ! Like Prem said ,don't cut the spike...double you chances of a keiki! Good Luck!

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    Oh -I won't toss it 'til the 'Fat Lady sings'.You can't really see it in the picture but the middle spike has a lot of branching forming so it should bloom for a fairly long time.Yes I've had lots of phals that have thrown keikis thats why I was hoping that this one wasn't too far removed from the species that it might do so as well.I don't know the parentage of this one, Lava Glow.The tag just said (pat. pending)

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    Jane,
    Here is a picture of "hope" I was talking about. This spike branched too, but proceeded to die after the blooms did,so i thought it was a goner,but like you said.."don't toss it till the fat lady sings". I was so happy to see the new growth...
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    Just a suggestion... that I had to use in the past...

    I sought out a firm that could do stem propagations of
    Phalaenopsis... and followed their instructions on how
    to 'cut' the the stem off of the plant... [where and what to cut]

    sent it to them with 2 'eyes' on the stem... and got back
    2 healthy plantlets... so the desirable Phal is still among
    my collection... although the parent plant perished...
    [water in the leaf crown overnight... undetected...
    and in 2 days... all of the leaves fell off...]

    any other Phal growers in your area might be able to
    fill you in on the method...

    Regards... Scotty.

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