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Spathoglottis plicata seed pod. What are these?

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    Default Spathoglottis plicata seed pod. What are these?

    About 3 months ago I got a Spathoglottis plicata and when it finished blooming
    it had a seed pod (i didnt know how it happened), so i decided to let the pod
    mature. so when the pod opened i tried to sprinkle some of the seeds on the
    pot hoping that it would germinate and decided to sprinkle some more on a
    pot of sphagnum moss. Anyways, those in sphagnum moss is still a no show
    but when i looked at the mother pot i noticed something. It looks like grass but the
    leaves looks like a baby spathoglottis too. If they are indeed baby spathoglottis
    i have a few questions.
    1. when is the right time to put them in their own pot?
    2. how long to wait for it to flower?

    Thanks.
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    Yes, they indeed look like babies ! I would wait till they have produced their first true pseudobulb and are putting out new growth. Randy the mother plant is not looking very happy though. I looks over potted and very the potting mix looks very compacted.

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    ah thanks, quite easy to grow from seeds. i've noticed that after blooming the plant
    seem to go downhill, leaves are turning black, but the pseudobulbs remains plump tho.
    Also it has been neglected for quite a while and just as i was planning to finally repot it i
    saw this things growing. Now, im stuck as i can't repot it while the babies are still there.

    thanks for taking the time.

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    You are welcome. Actually these are the oldest orchids I have got. I had a bunch of these which my mother had been growing, without knowing they were orchids.I have many of these in two varieties. They love to stay root bound and flower better. They like a a dry rest of around a month or two after they have completed growth. Once you see new growth, resume heavy watering and fertilization.

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    Amey
    thanks for the tip. Im not sure if it is visible from the pic but there are about 3 new
    growths in there as well aside from the babies.

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    hi randy,
    its pretty hard to tell from that pix if those are babies or not, but you would see in a few weeks time, and if, i would just let em grow in the same pot, it fits the size and they obviously doing well.

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    Ah another good tip ron. thanks.

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