Phalaenopsis Orchids: What I Did with a Green Flower Spike That Remained Green But Flowerless

Back in late June 2013, I did a bit of routine maintenance of my indoor Phalaenopsis orchids. After flowers withered, a few of the flower spikes of these plants started turning brown. The browning of the flower spikes signaled to me that I remove those spikes. But one of my plants had a flower spike that remained green to present day! It also had what looked to be an emergent flower bud at its tip so I decided to let the spike be. I am very pleased to say that this lonely green spike has produced a new flower bud! This was quite unexpected.IMG_3175IMG_3176

The emergent flower bud at the tip of this flower spike has remained green but hasn’t developed so it may or may not become a flower. I will keep monitoring that for changes either way. Looking at this seemingly barren flower spike, it may have seemed reasonable to just cut it since it looked like it was no longer productive. What a mistake that would have been. If it’s still green, it’s still alive!

In a way, this plant provides a good reminder to not give up hope and that untapped potential for great and beautiful things may be squandered if we act in haste. Some good things just take a bit more time!


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