Posted 1Y ago by @melaza

Root or Spike? A guessing game!

Hola friends & fellow #OrchidLovers, let’s play a game & guess whether the new growth on my NOID phal is a root or flower spike! Those who guess correctly will win the personal satisfaction of knowing they were right πŸ˜‰

πŸ“: After some research, I learned that the more common phalaenopsis are β€œseasonal cool-growers,” and need temperatures to drop to around 64F/16C to initiate flower spikes. The problem is that my apartment pumps out so much heat in the winter that the temperature in here rarely drops that low! So I’ve been experimenting by taking my plants out of their greenhouse cabinet & turning the AC on at nights to see if I can get them to spike again.

✨ Bonus question: if you live in a temperate climate, have you noticed if your phals tend to bloom during a particular season? #OasisMely
3ft to light, indirect
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 5 months ago
Best Answer
Could it be a new leaf? Or is that unbeleafable?
@Hypsie I’m screaming at unbeleafable πŸ˜‚ but unless I got a mutant orchid, the leaves usually grow from the center of the crown!
@melaza My plants are constantly breaking the rules. Keep us posted!!
My vote is a flower spike! My orchids have bloomed several times. They seem to bloom in the fall and winter, never in the summer. I keep my house about 56Β°-60Β° in zone 7b. οΏΌ οΏΌI just noticed these buds the other day. (:
@sarahsalith I hope so! I’ve actually only put them out in the cold like 2-3x because I keep forgetting πŸ˜… but I’m definitely going to be on top of it now since your experience pretty much confirms what I learned. The buds on your orchid are such tiny cute bbs 😍!
I’m voting for a spike! It’s got the mitten shape and looks a lot like my Limelight when the spike was first starting out! 2 or 3 nights in the cold sent 2 of mine into producing a spike. And it was mild last week so I had the door open (it was probably the lowest temperature that it’s safe to keep orchids in - 12 Celsius) and my mini phal’s spike reactivated the next day!
It looks like a new leaf sprouting out if you ask me
I’m thinking spike too!
Based on the shape 🀞🀞 can’t wait to gain personal satisfaction ~ keep us posted! πŸ˜†πŸ’šπŸ€ž

(Mine always bloom in fall/winter. Tried to put them out at night in the summer, but I don’t think it ever got cool enough here πŸ€·β€β™€οΈβ˜ΊοΈ)
My room is at a solid 62 because I have no insulation in my roomπŸ˜‚. Mine is just being stubborn i guess lol. She’s not flowered yet. Her last bloom was about 4-6 months ago. Any advice on how to get a spike from a stubborn girl? πŸ˜‚ beautiful orchid btw.
@SummerLily07 ooh that’s too cold for my bones lol idk about your care/conditions but do you fertilize? or maybe wants more light?
@melaza I have her in a west window. Water when dry, and I’m going to fertilize during the growing season.
Looks like it could be a spike! I had one produce a basal keiki, they can also look a lot like spikes early on.
@sarahsalith @MotherOfOrchids @motherofplants @SummerLily07 @Nataleaf you have all earned the title of extraordinary genius & the right to be smug about it! πŸ—£ We have a spike people!
@melaza woo hoo! Look what I found on my plant! Time for us to celebrate!! πŸ’š
@sarahsalith 😍 it’s all about the little things lol cheers! 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰
@melaza πŸ˜†πŸ‘πŸ’β€β™€οΈπŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³