Orchids forum: Thank you/What next?

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Name: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Oct 11, 2017 5:28 PM CST
Last winter I asked how to get my Pahals to rebloom. The orchid experts on this forum suggested placing them next to an open window in the fall to expose the plants to night temperatures that were very different from daytime temperatures. I did that, starting about a month ago, for my two mini phals.

I am thrilled to report that one of my two mini phals now has two spikes! One is about four inches long with three nodes and the other about 1.5 inches with one node. This is the first time ever that any of my phals have produced spikes! So THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you orchid experts for sharing your expertise with a formerly frustrated orchid newbie.

I would like to start this protocol with three more phals, all full size, in hopes that they will produce flower spikes too. I hope this is OK even though I repotted those three orchids very recently.

Is it OK to move the mini phal with the spikes away from the open window now? Any suggestions for continuing success?

Again, I am so grateful to you!
Carol Sandt
"Hope is the simple trust that God has not forgotten the recipe for manna.” - W. Paul Jones in "Trumpet at Full Moon"
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 12, 2017 2:14 PM CST

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Carol, how nice to hear your Phals are spiking!!
I was trying to find the original post with the advice of the open window, but I can't find it?
A somewhat lower temperature in the house is somewhat natural in the Fall? In my house here in NJ it is. Normally that would / should / hopefully Smiling initiate spiking.
I do think you can certainly close those windows! It might get a tad chilly for the Phals AND for you?
Name: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Oct 12, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Ursula,

I can't find the original post either, but I am so happy the advice works and grateful to the participants of the orchid forum for steering me in that direction.

Just keeping orchids on a sunny table in the living room in previous years has just produced happy leaves, but no spikes, so I do like the slightly open window. A curtain keeps some of the cool air from chilling the house, and I have kept living room doors closed on very cool nights. We have not yet had very cold weather, and there are four phals that have not produced spikes yet.
Carol Sandt
"Hope is the simple trust that God has not forgotten the recipe for manna.” - W. Paul Jones in "Trumpet at Full Moon"
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Fruit Growers Adeniums Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania
Greenhouse Keeper of Koi Cactus and Succulents Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds
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Ursula
Oct 12, 2017 3:25 PM CST

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Sounds reasonable.

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