How Long Does Bloom Last?

Menomonie, WI

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?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Jenna, I'm sure one of the experts will pop in with answers to your questions, but I just wanted to say what a gorgeous color that Phal is!! Wow!

Joanne (also a newb. LOL).

Menomonie, WI

Thank you, Grow Jo!

Well, it's still alive today. I've never had any flower last this long and I love it!

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

I know what you mean, that's what I love about orchids too. The blooms last for weeks and weeks. (On the ones I have, anyway.)


Joanne

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

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.

Menomonie, WI

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?

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Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

I think they are both spikes. I believe that orchid is a Dendrobium. Google "Dendrobium care".

Tom

Shelburne Falls, MA(Zone 5a)

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?

Menomonie, WI

Really, boojum? Way cool! I'll have to search the website and see if there's any trick to cutting that bit off. THANK YOU!

Shelburne Falls, MA(Zone 5a)

I just gently wiggle them off.

Compton, AR(Zone 6a)

My phal blooms last at least 4 months !

Wow! I wish my Dendrobium would do that! It is getting ready to open it's first bloom for this season. ( It would have had 2 bloom stalks, but a katydid ate one off! I had it out on the deck.)

Menomonie, WI

Blooms still going strong! I had NO idea they'd last this long and could last months longer. I'm impressed! And I want more orchids now, lol.

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