Phals are some of the best for beginners. The flower spike (stem) stands up
above the leaves and the flowers bloom at the end of the spike, being bare
below the flowers is normal. When the plant finishes flowering and all the
blooms have faded and dropped off the stem will eventually turn brown and
can be cut off close to where it emerges from the plant. I have 2 right
now, one with a 2 foot spike and the other with a 3 foot spike plus a second
spike forming on both plants. Check your local Krogers grocery store if you
have one, they were selling Phals and Dendrobiums (another good one for
beginners) for $12.99 for plants in a 6 inch pot. Keep in mind most orchids
grow fairly slowly and the flowers can last several weeks or even months
before they fade and can take that long to fully open as well.
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Just make sure the flower stalks are brown and dried before cutting
off. If the stalk is still green, you can get repeat blooms from
them. If you're really lucky, the flower stalk might pop out another
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