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Old 05-12-2018, 11:25 PM
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I received a phal in bloom in feb. It stayed in bloom till about April 1st. I cut the spike, it's now may and a new spike is growing. It started a very small new leaf and one or two root tips off of old roots but why the spike? Especially after it just got done blooming... I'm very confused, none of my other ORCHIDS have done this before. Doesn't it need to work on vegetation.. Any advice is greatly appreciated
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Old 05-12-2018, 11:35 PM
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It's normal. I found that if you cut off the flower spike while it's still green the plant will produce more flowers on a new spike.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:56 AM
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Yes he spike was still Green when I cut it.the flowers were not in bad shape, but they were going down hill. So I cut it.
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Yes he spike was still Green when I cut it.the flowers were not in bad shape, but they were going down hill. So I cut it.
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:19 AM
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It's growing a keiki on the inflorescence. It is normal. It is a mode of asexual reproduction in Phalaenopsis that is known to occur. It is a survival mechanism to make sure that the keiki can reach other parts of the tree without competing with the mother plant.

Some Phals have also been known to grow keikis from the roots as well as the base of the mother plant.

Orchid behavior was rather poorly documented and even more poorly conveyed to growers/hobbyists in the past. With the advent of new technology and the internet, this is changing. New research done by botanists and observations made by hobbyists are changing the game up very quickly nowadays.
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