Monday, October 22, 2012


A year ago I had a rescue Phal get its new leaf eaten by a rat. I figured it was done for, but I didn't give up on it. In early summer I brought it to the Napa outdoor area where it started a spike and it bloomed. I was about to cut the spike off yesterday when I saw this under the oldest leaf.

This is a basal keiki. As far as I know, this only occurs if there is crown damage and is different from the keiki on the flower stem.

Now the plant energy needs to go to the keiki. I will cut off the flower stem and also cut off the leaf that is keeping it shaded and restricting the growth.

This plant will not be allowed to grow a spike until there are three full sized leaves. I want to see how long that takes. It will be at least a year.

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