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Old 10-28-2015, 09:38 PM
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Phal spike eaten

I have a new spike on a phal about 6 inches long. An Insect (or critter) bit the spike resulting in the last 3 Inches going limp. It is nearly severed. If I cut the damaged portion off will the spike survive/grow? Did I mention its my 1st phal spike😢
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:53 PM
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Help! My 1st spike eaten

I have a new spike on a phal about 6 inches long. An Insect (or critter) bit the spike resulting in the last 3 Inches going limp. It is nearly severed. If I cut the damaged portion off will the spike survive/grow? Did I mention its my 1st phal spike😢
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:26 PM
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It is quite possible that the spike will branch from the node below the break and continue to grow. My experience is that if the plant is really ready to bloom, it will find a way. Trim it neatly and maybe apply a little powdered cinnamon to the open wound.

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ditto, fishmom
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Not sure it will re-grow, but since it is wilting anyway, cut it off at the injury and see what happens. The type of damage you describe could be from a chewing insect (grasshopper, cockroach, etc) or could be from snails or slugs. Look on the plant and in the medium for indications of snails/slugs (shiny trails, etc.). Consider looking for a molluscicide or insecticide that you would be comfortable using.
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I have merged the 2 threads.

It's best to keep it all in one thread...neater this way and you'll have your responses in one spot rather than scattered.
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OK& thank you all!! Ill trim it and let you know how it goes. Glad to have joined this group.
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:11 PM
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Hello and welcome! Hope you do get some blooms! It is never fun to lose a spike or buds. :|
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Smile Phal spike update

Thanks for the helpful advice. I wanted to give an update; not only is another spike starting on the opposite side but the 'eaten' spike is sprouting growth from a node below! I'm using a pepper based spray and checking the plants often in hopes of preventing further damage. Stay tuned...!
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Glad to hear that your plant is recovering!
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:29 PM
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Excellent news!
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Great! It worked like pruning to get branching--now you will have TWO spikes. Enjoy!
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