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What should I look for? Enc. cochleata

This is a discussion on What should I look for? Enc. cochleata within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Have a couple new Enc. cochleata albas which were supposed to come "inbud/spike". Darned if ...

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    Default What should I look for? Enc. cochleata

    Have a couple new Enc. cochleata albas which were supposed to come "inbud/spike". Darned if I see anything that looks like spikes to me. Some of the leads have a thin little "leaf" in the center. Can anyone clue me in as to what to look for that might develop into flowers on this plant?

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    They should send out a spike from the sheath. I'm not positive, but I think it maybe too late in the season for them to set spike.

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    ...so they are not "in bud/spike" and I have been ripped off?

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    Talking The thin little leaf is the sheath

    I do not believe that you were ripped off. Watch and see if something doesn't start to emerge from that thin little leaf in the center. I have some in bloom now and yours could just be the proverbial late bloomer. Don't despair and don't rush to complain to the vendor. Often, plants in sheath ship better than those that show buds, although with a sequential bloomer like cochleata, one or two blasted flowers are of no real consequence, since more flowers will be produced on the same spike.

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    I have a cochleata that has just been blooming for a couple of weeks, there was only a tiny sheath, I actually didn't even notice until it spiked.
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    Thanks to both of you!

    Poeteye: I notice this is your first post--how nice of you to weigh in on my behalf! And what you said about the thin little "leaves" is what I was hoping for--but they're going to have to develop some before they look like anything. Come to think of it, that's pretty much the case with any new orchid development! I had heard that this plant can be in almost continuous bloom once it gets going. We'll see.

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    Default I've had one spike last for eight months

    Did you check out some of the related topics? One member shows a branched spike on the plant.

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    so its not to late for those to bloom?

    ahhh, i should order one!

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    Mehera, it's amazing how a grower can smell a spike or sheath before we actually see it. I've gotten more than one plant "in spike" where I've said, "Where!" They were right. Patience, grasshoppa!

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    Talking Of course, McJ was right!

    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Mehera, it's amazing how a grower can smell a spike or sheath before we actually see it. I've gotten more than one plant "in spike" where I've said, "Where!" They were right. Patience, grasshoppa!

    McJulie
    An update to show that McJulie was right. The little "leaves" finally developed little buds, and it blossomed and hasn't quit since. The fragrance is a little wierd, and I wish I had bought the regular form instead of the alba, but at least it's blooming!
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