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encyclia cochleata - spike?

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    In the attached photo is a young Encyclia cochleata I have been growing for a few months now. I see a new pseudobulb growing (in the right of the picture) and I "think" the object in the circle is a spike. Can anyone confirm that the object in the circle is a spike??

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    I've not grown this species so don't know why it is growing up there but it appears to be a small pseudobulb. I'm sure someone who has more knowledge of it will chime in soon.

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    Spike emerge from in between the leaves at the top of the pb. It starts as a sheath usually a lighter color of green. I attached a shot of one of my cochleata's in sheath. It is currently empty and will get the bud inside soon.
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    The small pseudobulb on top of the large one is an unusual growth pattern. You have one of those rare cases where a Cattleya alliance plant has a keiki. It should continue to develop into a small independent plant, and can be gently removed when it has a few roots, or you can just leave it there and see how it develops. I've seen only a very few examples of this in Catt relatives in over 40 years growing orchids, but this species accounts for most of them. A spike may or may not also form, I can't see enough detail to be sure.

    At the base of the plant on the right you have a typical new growth that will develop into a pseudobulb. It seems to me your plant may be a little young to expect a spike at this point, but it would resemble a small leaf-like growth from the top of a nearly mature pseudobulb, not resembling a pseudobulb itself. Please do post more pictures as the plant grows.

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    Do keep us posted with pictures as that grows.

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    thanks everyone for the feedback (even if it reveals that I will have to wait longer for a flowering spike lol).

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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher law View Post
    thanks everyone for the feedback (even if it reveals that I will have to wait longer for a flowering spike lol).
    We all know the feeling...I guess you are part of the crowd now!

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    Looking at my 2 Enc cochleata that are flowering it appears as though the stem of the flower comes from a sheath so I would say yours is prob a spike. I could be totally wrong of course so dont get excited on my behalf. By the way the plant looks very healthy. I give mine alot of sun.. A pretty tough cookie.

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