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Broken PB Spiked! Questions...

This is a discussion on Broken PB Spiked! Questions... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Last month, there was an accident when I was watering my oncidium. It fell and ...

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    Question Broken PB Spiked! Questions...

    Last month, there was an accident when I was watering my oncidium. It fell and one growth with a new pbulb got broken! I felt so and :toofull: and , feeling extremely guilty about ruining the new growth (I was really looking forward to some flowers...). Most of the pbulb snapped off except for a small stump and also some leaves (you know, the leaves that grow on opposite sides of the bulb). That's it. All that's left.

    Today, I noticed a pointy green thing about one inch long that wasn't there before. It must be a spike--it obviously looks like one--emerging from the side of the pbulb stump.

    Any hope that this spike will grow without the PB? What do you think? The growth does have a good root system established and still have a few leaves.

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    Well, if the spike started growing there, it must be getting enough energy from the plant and your culture! Snap a pic if you can, Lily--would be cool to see!

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    Lilly if its spiking don't worry!! You obiously didn't knock off the eyes ao the plant will be fine. It will just not look as well. You may accualy get 2 spikes out of the stump. Hey I think the plant may have a new knick name. "Stumpy" Any who. I have a gongora tricolor that I snapped the Pbulb in half while trying to pull off the papery covering one day before it was ready to come off. Well that Pbulbs produced 2 spikes that year. So don't worry have fun and enjoy your new spike!! Most orchids are more resiliant than we give them credit for.

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    I'm so excited! I'll wait and see if the spike blooms, that'll be so cool. I'll call it "Blooming Stumpy".... I took a picture of the spike and the stump, so here it is!
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    That spike sure looks healthy enough to me, Lily!

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    Hurray!

    It'll be very interesting to see a pbulbless growth bloom...

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