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New growth or shoot on TOP of a pseudobulb

This is a discussion on New growth or shoot on TOP of a pseudobulb within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I just had to take some pictures of the strangest little new growth I am ...

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    Smile New growth or shoot on TOP of a pseudobulb

    I just had to take some pictures of the strangest little new growth I am getting on the top of one of my pbulbs of my catts. Essentially, the leaf that was on this pbulb yellowed and died, and when I took a closer look, I realized it was because it was developing a new growth ON TOP of the pbulb!! It is the strangest thing ever. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Or know why this might have happened? It looks so wierd!! (please disregard the scary black-looking stuff...I took that off after I took the picture). You can even see little roots starting to grow, and there is ANOTHER new growth coming on the side of this one!! Its the most crazy thing that has happened to me yet with my catts, that's for sure!!!!
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    It looks like it is going to put out some roots up there too.

    Cheers,
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    A hormone imbalance at the precise moment could steer a meristem to grow into a keiki instead of a flower or root.
    Some orchids are more prone to this (dendrobium, phalaenopsis, etc). While some are very difficult to manipulate this way (cattleya, cymbidium, etc).

    Of course every now and then the planets align and you get yourself a keiki on an orchid that is not known to produce keikis.

    Right now I am observing a tiny sprout growing from the top of the oldest leafless pseudobulb of my Coelogyne pandurata. It is still too small to identify and I'm not sure if it is a keiki or a flower spike. Coelogynes are not known to produce keikis, and the infloresence grow from the base of the pseudobulb and not on top.
    I'm just waiting to see what happens next as it grows bigger.

    Isn't it fun when orchids give you something unexpected?

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    They are just the craziest things, I tell ya....lots of wierd things are happening with my plants since they were placed in this southern window. Unfortuantely, not all of the things are exactly positive, but a keiki on a catt definitely isn't that bad, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    ....lots of wierd things are happening with my plants since they were placed in this southern window.
    Becky, maybe it is because they are practically on LSD. Joe

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    KEIKIS ON A CATT!!! That is the coolest thing ever!!!

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