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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:08 pm 
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I've recently become hooked on the wonderful pastime of orchids. My collection is now up to 7, comprising 6 different species, all flowering well. In fact that's the reason I'm posting this first note - my little phalaenopsis, only a few inches high and sporting just 5 leaves, has put out an extraordinary flower spike. It is now nearly 90cm long, and has so far sported 27 blooms, and the tip is still growing and showing about 5 more buds (so far!) Is this normal??
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Welcome to the forum. Without having a photo to go on any comments will have to be slight guesswork. Different phals with different species in their background do have different growth habits which will include the length of the spike. Having said that a 90cm spike from a small plant would seem to me to be unusual.

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 Post subject: Re: Hi Folks
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Thanks for the reply. I've attached a couple of photos for you to look at. Any comments would be appreciated.
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 Post subject: Re: Hi Folks
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Some phals have a tendency to keep growing their spike until the point where you have to decide whether you want to keep the old spike or let the plant push out a fresh one. Seems to me that your Phal is quite happy to keep pushing that spike to grow and as long as the new buds keep forming well it may just continue to grow even longer!

Must say, I usually don't let my spikes get that long! But that's personal choice. On Phals I prefer the abundance of the fresh blooms on a fresh spike over the continually flowering old spike. I usually just cut a stem like that and put it in a vase, then hopefully the plant starts concentrating on leaf production and the next spike. Even so I am impressed by yours and as long as you are happy with it there's nothing to say you have to cut it back just yet! Looks happy and healthy enough to me :)


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I have had the odd phal that instead of sending a new spike from the side of the old spike it has, kept producing new blooms from the tip of the spike. Granted not got as long as yours it should be a problem except for trying to show the blooms off.


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Thanks for the pic, now I can see it I have to agree completely with Michelle. I would be cutting that spike back..................But that is very difficult for a beginner to do...........It takes a lot of faith.

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