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I might have finally done it - 1st earned bloom

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    Default I might have finally done it - 1st earned bloom

    I was sooo happy to see this on my only surviving phal., something that looks like the beginning of a spike and hopefully my first earned bloom. I know it's not much to all of you super-experienced growers but it just got my heart beating faster, especially since I bought it last year on July 28 in bloom and also since it has just started on it's second new leaf without discarding any of the already existing leafs.

    Another small thing I should mention is that my wife promised I could get another orchid stand if I can get one to rebloom, so I guess this will be a kind of right of passage.
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    uuuuhm....... looks like a root....

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    I think you are on your way to getting another plant stand, it looks like a SPIKE to me!
    Congrats!

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    Usually spikes have a different look to them, I think it is a root , keeping fingers crossed that it is a spike .. a suggestion go out and get the stand then if it is not a spike ...... Gin

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    It is so small to tell for certain at this point. Regardless, I think you deserve a plant stand since you have been able to keep the orchid alive for a year! (Just think how many you could bloom if you had a plant stand!)

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    Do you think if you can get this to grow a new root and a spike you might deserve a GH??? I think a really BIG GH!!!!

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    I think it's a spike..I REALLY REALLY do.

    It's starting to point upwards..and roots like that usually start to point downwards at that point...do keep us informed!

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    Thanks guys. For thos of you that are still non-believers it has folds and cuts like new growths on catts. Believe me I checked to make sure it was a spike before posting. It's the picture that is not terribly clear.

    I finally found out that I'm impatient. I should wait for a year te rebloom things so I didn't deserve a spike until now. I think (besides killing 3 of the 4 phals) everything is doing fine now. All catts have new growths and roots. The phrag and onc growths are growing quickly. Mature catts are freaking out and growing insanely fast (one had 7 p-bulbs when I got it in July last year now it has 6 more semi mature and 2 small growths) and have mostly doubled in size in the last year. The neo has just put out a new growth as well as the paphs. I'd say it has been a successful first year of orchid growing. I don't think I will ever get sick of this beauties. I'm here to stay.

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    i have this spike vs root debate with myself a lot, and it always ends up being a root and it never looks quite like that so i'm voting spike (at very least for good mojo...)
    b/c i have no significant other i have to make these kinds of deals with myself in order to not go overboard so my deal is when i can get one of the poor unfortunate catts to bloom i can buy a new orchid for every bloom (i don't want to jinx it but i think this is my year...)
    congratulations! i know exactly how all the anticipation feels, i'm so happy for you

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    On second thought, the red suggests it might not be a root..... but I'm being pessimistic. If you are right, you will know very soon, because once it is an inch along it will start sprouting a leaf or showing a green desire to get tall and make buds

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