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Hello from Brussels

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Hood49, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Hood49

    Hood49 New Member

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    Dear All,

    It has been a while since I registred but you need to find the time to finally make a first post.

    I suppose that I got introduced to Orchids the classic way: received them as a present and wondered why they were always dying. Then I started to look on the web how we actually take care of these plants. I have learnt a lot and now I have about 10 Orchids that I take care of twice a week.

    Some grow better than others, but I guess that its the mystery of plants and life.

    I have one Phal that is getting huge. It looks like it is on steroids ;-). Here is a picture:


    There are at least three babies growing out of the plant. What should I do with them? Should I cut them off?

    There is also a huge spike developing again. It just loves living with us :)
  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Redding, California, USA
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the beautiful Phal.
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Santa Rosa, CA
    Welcome. Whether you cut them off or leave them on is a matter of choice. Do you want one big plant that could put on quite a show when it is blooming or several individual plants. If you are going to give the plants away then when the roots on the keikis (babies) are growing well you can take them off and pot them up. If you are going to keep them, leave them in place and you'll have more room for different orchids.