This little guy has quite a story. I purchased this plant, a Phalaenopsis orchid, a year ago. I’ve babied it all winter and was thrilled when it threw up a flower spike in late winter! Sadly, while trying to stake the spike, I broke it off. Yes, off. I was pretty upset but the plant was still in great condition so I decided to chalk it up to experience and try again next year.
Low and behold, the plant healed it’s damaged flower spike and pushed a second spike through the wound where I had damaged the first. Not only that, it threw up another flower spike on the other side. I was thrilled! Two spikes in one season!!! I didn’t dare try to stake these ones; I decided to let them grow wild 🙂
The first spike bloomed while the other spike was just starting to form buds. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again when my cat knocked the plant off the shelf. I lost the first spike and part of the plant. I’ll tell you though, this plant is a trooper and the second spike continued to develop! It is currently in bloom with six gorgeous tennis ball sized blooms! Just lovely! I doctored up the plant as best as I could and I think it’s healed very well. I’m very please with my lovely orchid. Not so pleased with the cat, but I’ll save that for another post 😉