I kept thinking that a new orchid flower spike was growing when in fact most of the time they were just roots. This next photo shows a brand new flower spike growing out of the base of another one of my phalaenopsis orchids.
But which is a flower spike and which is a root.
Orchid flower spike. Since it is phalaenopsis orchids season it s time to see some new flower spikes growing. Once the flowers are spent it is time to trim the orchid stem and wait for a new flower spike to emerge. When i first starting growing moth orchids or phalaenopsis i got excited over every little new growth that would show up at the base of the plant.
To help you further start by downloading my free cheat sheet to see where to cut the orchid flower spike after blooms have faded to trigger re blooming. If given proper care it will flower again. Distinguishing between an orchid flower spike and a root.
It s a slightly brighter green and a tad flattened with what looks almost like a tiny mitten at the tip. When the spike is done blooming and all the flowers have dried up and fallen off the spike starts to wither away and die. Orchid spike also known as flower spike or stem is the part of the orchid where the flowers and buds grow in.
The orchid is not dead. Phalaenopsis orchids grow new spikes once or twice a year. New phalaenopsis orchid root.