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Phalaenopsis

22 Apr

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 😉

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Orchids

 

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