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Please please tell me...

Posted by Tanie51 (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 3, 14 at 19:14

Hello orchid Friends,

I just got home from work and as usual, walking around and looking into each one of my orchids and I saw this. Thought it is still pretty deep inside the leaf but something's there! In between the leaf and pseudobulb of one of my Oncidium! What else could it be? Would you please, please tell me what that is and I do pray that you'll tell me the truth and it's a spike?!

Thank you,

Tanie


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RE: Please please tell me...

Most likely a new lead, mine are starting that now. It's hard to tell from the pic though, if the tip is rounded it could be a spike. If it's pointed it's definitely not a spike


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I'm betting on flowers....

Good luck Tanie!


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I vote a flower spike also...
In my limited experience with oncs, the new leads usually come from closer to the base of the existing bulb.

Good luck,

Bob


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Thank you all! I'll post more pictures when it's out in the open. Another question what is "lead"?

Thank you again!

Tanie


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My vote for spike as well.

Lead means a new growth. New pseudobulb


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If I had to guess, by location alone, I'd say flowers. My new growth comes out of the side of the plants, where the roots do, not from within. The only time my oncidium (twinkle) had a spike, it came out exactly where yours is showing, from right next to the psuedobulb. Though I missed its early emerging, so I cannot compare what it looked like. Good luck!! This is what it looked like by the time I found it:


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Also, in my experience, spikes are more pointy than roots. Roots have rounded tips, spike look like little mitten/claws.

Here's a spike and two new roots. This is a phal ... oncidium roots are far thinner. Another reason I think it's a spike. Time will tell!


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Danielle, I look at my orchids every hour on the weekends and from 6 am until go to work and right after work until my bed time on week days! This little green thing I had to get a flash light to look because when it caught my eyes, I was too excited but it is way down inside the end of the leaf. I gently parted it and used the flashlight to see. Then I put my camera in there and zoom it as much as I could. That's why the pix is a bit blurry. But I am sooo happy! I hope it will survive and do well for me because my phal spike. The first spike I ever have last Nov. was wilted so I had to cut it back. Luckily, there is another spike in the same plant doing okay. Remember the spike I posted in Nov.? I don't understand why it wilted. Would it be my warm humidifier and put it a bit too close? First, it brought out some sticky bitter honey then after that it went limp. I thought my house might be too cool for phals but I talked to some people who have phals in there homes in my area here and they said they have temperature even cooler than mine but their phals are blooming and keep on blooming. Some told me that may be I pamper them too much. Just leave them alone. So, I don't know what else to do. I will just have to leave it like that to see what kinds of orchids like my house and which ones will not. This new spike makes me soo happy because I know (if it will survive) it will be beautiful. I got it last June when it was blooming. So, after 5 months, now it gives me a spike! Yeay!!!!!!

Thank you Terpguy for explanation about lead.

Tanie


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I, too, look at my orchids all the time. It's very difficult not to fuss over them. I'm sorry to hear that spike wilted on you! I hope this next one makes it to flowering. I find phals to be more hardy than the others, so I don't fuss too much over them with humidifiers and such. I spritz the roots when things look dry. The winter can be rough on them, so I don't worry about over-spritzing during these months. My mix is bark only, so they're not retaining much water at all.

I do have a phal that's very dear to me, as it belonged to my late boss and is the reason I started researching how to care for orchids. When he passed away, I wasn't sure what to do with the plant, and too late I realized that fungus gnats had destroyed all of its roots. I read and read, took some emergency measures, and slowly, it recovered and grew a new root system. It also sprouted a keiki. Still, no spikes (in my ignorance I had over-potted it, so it's been happily filling up the pot with ROOTS for three years instead of flowering!).

WELL: I'm happy to report that last week I found a spike! I'm so happy! It's an unusual color; the leaves are very purple (it's not sunburn). The flowers are gorgeous, white with purple spots all over. I'll be happy to see them again after so long. It used to flower twice a year.


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Thank you Danielle, I too have rescued a phal before Christmas from work place. The lady who received an orchid plant with full bloom months ago and she just enjoyed the flowers but know nothing to care for it. Just like I did before last April. The spike was already dried up and the plastic flower paper came with the plant was still there! When I saw it with a tiny root starting out and asked around who own that orchid. When I found out, I asked her if she know how to care for orchid she said "nothing!" So, I asked her if she wanted to keep it there and let the care taker kill it or let me take it home and love it. She said "Please, please take it home to give it a respite because we here will eventually kill it." I was happy to take it home. I took it out of the plastic wrapping paper, it was 1/2" of water in that paper underneath the plastic pot and roots were all rotten except for the part on top of the rotten moss. I repotted and put it under growing light like others. The new root which I saw never grow any more. It probably got shock from transferring in the cold weather outside. But since then, it give a new leaf which turned purple and a new root (I think) start poking through the skin of the stem plant. I was worry about purple leaf and read on FAQ on this site. They said that it might be too much light. So, instead of 5 light bulbs from octopus lamp. I switched it to 2 bulbs which more focus on Onc. & Cynbidum and Miltonia. since last night. I hope it will be okay. I tried not to fuss too much over them but as you know, they are just like my babies..and they give me joy....

Tanie


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