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Name: Mary Robinson
Tucson AZ
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Apr 30, 2020 6:43 PM CST
My Phalaenopsis is doing something strange. After it quit blooming I cut the blooming branches off leaving the main spikes. A cluster of leaves grew on the spike and now there is a single bloom in the center. There is another one developing on another node.
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Apr 30, 2020 6:46 PM CST

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Welcome! to the site, Mary! It sounds like your Phal is reblooming from the old spike. They can do this under the right conditions.

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ctcarol
Apr 30, 2020 6:48 PM CST
Those are Kikis .WE have an orchid forum here, or you can go to the AOS site to learn more abut them.
Name: Mary Robinson
Tucson AZ
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Apr 30, 2020 7:12 PM CST
I should have uploaded a photo. So here goes.
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BigBill
Apr 30, 2020 8:37 PM CST
Artistworchid,
You really should remove that baby orchid providing it has a few live roots that are a couple of inches long. You could put it in its own pot.
The longer it remains on the old bloom spike, the longer that it can negatively effect the health of, and the reblooming, of the mother plant.
Your mother plant needs to summon all of its strength into growing new leaves and roots in order for it to grow larger, healthier and produce more flowers. That baby robs the plant of that strength and that strength goes towards the baby.
It could prevent the Mother plant from blooming properly next season. There is a chance that it won't bloom at all.
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Name: Mary Robinson
Tucson AZ
Artistworchid
Apr 30, 2020 9:32 PM CST
Thank you. It is just now putting out an air root. I planned to remove it when it seemed viable. I have seen similar sized orchids in a container set up like a miniature green house. Also I have seen the stem wrapped with moss kept damp to encourage root growth. I am new at propagation of these tiny orchids. I appreciate all the help from everyone. Thank You!

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