Questions don't get any more newb than these, lol. They weren't easily found using the search button so, I'm just going to ask.
So I finally got my orchid to bloom. One of the blooms has been open for about 3 weeks now and is still going strong so now I'm curious as to how much longer it's gonna last. So, how long do Phalaenopsis (I think that's what I have anyway) last?
Also, after the bloom goes bye-bye, what do I do then? Cut the stem (would that be "spike"?) off? Would I do this at the very bottom?
Phal flowers last a LONG TIME.Many weeks in a cool room. After blooming you can either cut the stem down to the base or back to the first flower node on the spike and it may make ANOTHER spike from there.
Tommy, thank you, thank you, thank you for that information! I will shoot for another spike!
And since I already have a newb thread started, I just noticed some silly looking things on one of my other orchids. Is.. is this what I think it is... a spike? See it and do you see the other little one? If this isn't a spike, break it to me softly, lol.
Also, if that is a spike, is it going to get thicker/stronger? I don't see this thing growing too much more before falling over.
Also, what on earth kind of orchid would you guess this to be?
I think that guy growing up high with the roots is a keiki (baby plant) that you can take off, plant, and give to a friend. Lots of dendrobium produce them. If you don't want to grow new ones, I heard cut back on watering. Anyone a den. expert out there?