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Old 12-28-2015, 02:57 PM
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Deformed Spike on phal

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I have had this phal for a year now. It produced a spike but it's deformed. Any idea why? Please see attached pics.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:20 PM
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Who knows why these spikes develop some goofy ways. I have a Phal right now that is doing the same thing only on a longer older spike. My phal is several years old with two spikes that had 14 blossoms
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Its hard to tell from your picture, but was there any trauma to the plant in the area where the spike came? Another possibility - any chemicals used on the plant about the time it was starting to form, or was the plant subject to any unusual culture during that period? Just throwing some ideas out there.......
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Its hard to tell from your picture, but was there any trauma to the plant in the area where the spike came? Another possibility - any chemicals used on the plant about the time it was starting to form, or was the plant subject to any unusual culture during that period? Just throwing some ideas out there.......
In thinking about your answer I seem to remember that the grandsons were having a sword fight on the porch and clipped one of my spikes off. While the second spike bloomed the injured spike grew another spike just below the injury.
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Do you know what the name of the Phal is? Could it have Phal violacea or Phal bellina genetics? Another possibility...was it stuck somewhere before emerging? Then there is the chance that chemicals influenced it, as already suggested. It is pretty interesting, anyway, and probably won't happen a second time.
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Do you know what the name of the Phal is? Could it have Phal violacea or Phal bellina genetics? Another possibility...was it stuck somewhere before emerging? Then there is the chance that chemicals influenced it, as already suggested. It is pretty interesting, anyway, and probably won't happen a second time.
It's a "no name". I rescued this from the local grocery store. Roots were severely rotten... I brought it back to life.. over a year later it spiked.
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