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Psychopsis papilio var alba

This is a discussion on Psychopsis papilio var alba within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I bought mine a couple months ago. It had two spikes and has alternated blooming ...

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    Default How long will they bloom for?

    I bought mine a couple months ago. It had two spikes and has alternated blooming on each spike pretty much no stop since. Do they get more than two spikes and how much longer should I expect it to keep up all that hard work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by totallythompson View Post
    I bought mine a couple months ago. It had two spikes and has alternated blooming on each spike pretty much no stop since. Do they get more than two spikes and how much longer should I expect it to keep up all that hard work?
    I have one (Psychopsis papilio) that originally had three spikes (only two now) and have seen other plants with more. Although the spikes will rebloom for extended periods of time, it's a case of "nothing lasts forever". I think the lifetime of a spike probably depends on a lot of factors, but overall growing conditions to the plant's liking and the plant's health are big. (And of course those two go together.)

    My plant has long since lost its original growing tip, and has branches on both spikes. Many of the branches will probably never bloom again, although I won't cut anything that hasn't gone brown and dried up. I can see it has had probably two dozen blooms on its two spikes. It's only been in my possession a few months, so I cannot claim any credit for most of the blooms. It's in the process of opening its second bloom right now and I will try and post a pic or two, including the multi-branched spikes.

    Anyhow, to try to wrap up my rambling answer to your straightforward question, there is a good chance your plant will continue to delight you with its many blooms for a long time.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by totallythompson View Post
    I bought mine a couple months ago. It had two spikes and has alternated blooming on each spike pretty much no stop since. Do they get more than two spikes and how much longer should I expect it to keep up all that hard work?
    Mine takes a blooming break in the winter but if you are in a warmer environment it should continue blooming. A normal colored papilio of mine has been blooming off the same spike for 3 plus years. Yes this one has three spikes and I am hoping for one or two more spike to develope next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orchidzrule View Post
    I have one (Psychopsis papilio) that originally had three spikes (only two now) and have seen other plants with more. Although the spikes will rebloom for extended periods of time, it's a case of "nothing lasts forever". I think the lifetime of a spike probably depends on a lot of factors, but overall growing conditions to the plant's liking and the plant's health are big. (And of course those two go together.)

    My plant has long since lost its original growing tip, and has branches on both spikes. Many of the branches will probably never bloom again, although I won't cut anything that hasn't gone brown and dried up. I can see it has had probably two dozen blooms on its two spikes. It's only been in my possession a few months, so I cannot claim any credit for most of the blooms. It's in the process of opening its second bloom right now and I will try and post a pic or two, including the multi-branched spikes.

    Anyhow, to try to wrap up my rambling answer to your straightforward question, there is a good chance your plant will continue to delight you with its many blooms for a long time.

    Cheers,

    Rob
    Excellent answer Rob, I've seen as many as 7 spikes at one time. As long as the spike(s) is not brown/dry, dead, let nature take its course and just enjoy!
    Al

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    I hope you remember to leave the spike when the bloom is done. I have been rewarded a number of time with repeat blooms on the same spike.
    Yours has really nice color variations.

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    Wow, what a striking flower! Thank you for the picture!

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    It is still sending out a single flower at the very end of each of the two spikes. It's my little energizer bunny...it just keeps going and going....

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