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stanhopea spike from older growth?

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    I was just out poking around at the stanhopea embreei that I have been wanting to rebasket and found something emerging from an older pseudobulb. It is still too small to be sure of its identity, but is certainly pointing downward. I first thought it to be a new growth because it is on the older part of the plant. Don't these only bloom on the newest growth? I'll be thrilled for it to be a growth OR a spike. We've just had a bit of a cool spell here and so I let it go a bit drier...now it's warming up again. PS...I won't be rebasketing considering the great roots I found while poking about!
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    The growth in question is coming from the bottom of the pseudobulb whose leaf is angled towards the camera.

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    I believe that is a new growth. Stanhopea orchids (as far as I have observed) only bloom from new growth. That said, I only have five or six stanhopea orchids, so maybe some do and some don't. But - hey, new growth means new blooms are not far away. And great news about the roots!

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    Thanks Bruce! I believe so as well, just thought I would get a second opinion. I figure it will be next spring or summer before I see any blooms. That will be the third new growth since getting the plant (February). Do you have any embreei? I get conflicting info on culture...most sources say that it is cool to intermediate, but I see a few that say intermediate to warm. I'm pretty cool here and it seems to be doing what I want it to.

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    I don't have Stan embreei. All of my stanhopea orchids grow warm to intermediate though.

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    There is a carnivorous plant farm about fifteen miles from me with a rather impressive looking Stan. oculata that apparently is grown outdoors year round. That plant is what prompted me to get a Stan of my own. In the valleys here, there are cool, foggy nights and then comparatively warm days. I was worried at first about being able to get anything to grow until I realized that the nights would annihilate the daytime concerns. The stan and the bulbos are my first "exotics". I would, however, rather have warmer days.

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