Getting Phal to bloom?

bawright913November 14, 2010

It has been 5 months since the blooms on my Phal have died. When the blooms died I cut the stem but I guess I cut it too low for it to bloom again from the same stem, so the stem has died. I have just started fertilizing it with an orchid fertilizer every time I water it (which is about once every week and a half) and was instructed by a nursery that carries many orchids to place it in a shaded area of the house instead of in front of the window like I had it. I live in Kansas so it is starting to get colder. The apartment is kept around 64-66F which has cooled down from where it was normally kept. It usually gets cooler at night because we crack the window.

Is there anything else I can try to help it produce a new spike and bloom. I still have about 6in of the old spike left, but it is dead. Should I cut it down to the base and get rid of it?



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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

There is still time for it to bloom. Peak flowering here is September/October so counting back 110 days you get May/June. November/December there. Do not give up hope.

There are a couple of FAQ's to read about Phal. blooming and if you give more details about your growing conditions the locals will be able to assist.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 2:09PM
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philohela(z8 Las Vegas)


The amount of light coming through a window may vary due to direction, outside objects such as trees or awnings, and weather/clouds. I have many of my phals right next to windows that face north or east, west with an awning. Though phals are lower-light orchids, they still need good bright light, just not direct sun. Phalaenopsis species grow in shady areas outside, inside a house without any light is just too dark.

Which direction does your window face?

What are the nutrient numbers on your fertilizer? Some are for growth, others for blooming, others for general use. I prefer an even-numbered fertilizer (like 20-20-20), used weakly (1/4 strength) at each watering throughout the year.

Phals do not thrive in temperatures below 55 - 60 degrees, depending on their genetic makeup. The cooldown you describe may help start spiking. It has started cooling down here in Las Vegas, and spikes are starting to appear on my early-spring blooming phals. The summer bloomers will have to wait until it warms up again.

Hope this helps!


    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 4:28PM
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