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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 2:21 pm 
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Hello all!

I've got a couple of questions. I have 4 phals in total, and a couple of little niggles.

One went through a bit of a time of it and is focusing its attention on growing a new leaf. I'm taking this to mean it's looking after itself for now and won't flower this year - would you say that's accurate?

Secondly, I have a mini which I cut both stems on last year. The problem is, it's neither growing a new leaf, or sending up a new spike. It's alive and happy it just isn't doing anything?! What's that about?

Thirdly I have 2 mini's which were given to me in a planter. I've repotted them into draining pots and they seem fine. They are both twin stem and one of them has a dead flower spike but the other one still has buds on it. Should I cut the dead spike or leave it be until the other stem is done flowering?

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 9:00 pm 
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The first phal let it do it thing it could flower it might not if it's growing after problems its happy.

The second set I havefound on the odd occasions my phals just sit there and do nothing for a while, as if it's deciding if it should do something. I really wouldn't worry just keep doing what ur doing.

The third one if the the hole spike is brown chop of as if doing nothing so no point on keeping it there. But if it's still green it could still branch off like other phals.

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New leaves is a good sign, and doesn't mean your plant won't flower. If anything its more likely once its grown a nice fat new leaf.

As with most orchids, Phalaenopsis do have a rest period, usually but not always after blooming. Your plant is doing nothing out of the ordinary. Just let it do its thing, it'll wake up eventually.

Dead spikes can be removed. I try not to cut them until they are absolutely brown though I understand that makes the plant ugly.

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 Post subject: Re: Couple of issues
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Another thing to bear in mind, particularly if you are new to orchid growing, is that growth can be really SLOW. They are not like annuals that grow from seed, bloom and die within a season.

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Oh my god, yes. SLOW !

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