Posted 1M ago by @MusicalRedmint

To anyone hesitant to cut the spike of a phalaenopsis, b...

To anyone hesitant to cut the spike of a phalaenopsis, be it because of health concerns, overblooming or even just because you want to give the plant a longer vegetative period: I present to you: Winston's spike. I cut it well over a month ago (going on 6 weeks I would guess). Because at this point, he had already been blooming for several months already. During a very very stressful repot while in bloom. If I had left the spike on the plant, it would probably still have been as strong as on the first day. (Sadly to the detriment of the overall health). But just look at that: 6 weeks in a vase. And by no means fresh and young at the starting point. I've said it before, I will say it again: Winston is a beast!
And also: do not hesitate to cut the spike of necessary. Many can keep a long time in a vase as well. #phalaenopsisorchid #orchidlovers
0ft to light, direct
6” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
I love this post!! This is so true! Phals (particularly those with strong genes to bloom) can, and will, bloom themselves to death! How is Winston doing?
@MotherOfOrchids thanks for asking.
He is doing okay, given the circumstances and his irresponsible owner. I decided to leave the second spike be long enough to have a chance to have it bloom in the vase at least πŸ˜‰. Wish us luck.
@MusicalRedmint Good luck! Your advice is amazing and I just know Winston is lucky to have you and will pick up soon enough without the flower spike. I don’t think you were being irresponsible! Sometimes it’s not always easy to know what the best thing to do for the plant is. One of my β€œsicklies” (the affectionate name I call the plants I’m trying to nurture back to full health) grew a spike last winter and I was tempted to remove it but, because its root system is not great but healthier than it was, I decided to keep an eye on it to see how it coped. And it coped really well, not even shutting down leaves or roots to help it. But this plan has definitely backfired on me with other plants especially if they begin to produce a spike within a couple of months of a repot.
@MotherOfOrchids Once more, thank you for your very kind words. Though sadly Winston in general, is not really very lucky with his owner. Even though right now he might be receiving good care, I just came a bit out of some months/years of a dark spell (which was the reason for the loss of all those roots in the first place). And even under good conditions, I can forget my plants entirely as though they do not exist at all. (That is one of the reasons why orchids are my favorite plant, since they generally take that in stride, at least for a time.) Winston is a trooper though and for that reason alone a great orchid, even though his blooms aren't my favorite ones. Those fresh roots all around and his recovery speed are the only reason why I try to let him be right now. And the fact that I am so frustrated with all others. He seems to be the only orchid I have that has no mites anywhere and just does his thing without a care in the world and without me needing to do anything. I am surrounded by barerooted orchids right now, because I discovered the mites went into the substrate and were very uncharacteristically munching on the roots and am certain most of them will be set back. So: I let Winston bloom, who knows, who else will.
Good luck with your sicklies, may you not have many in that category, though the name is cute. It sounds very much, like you know very well what you are doing with whatever decision you make. Otherwise you wouldn't even notice the backfire. You know it's risky and take the chance and monitor. And if it doesn't work out, you can still intervene. Isn't this also the fun of orchid growing?