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Phalaenopsis - flower spike or keiki?

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis - flower spike or keiki? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi! I've had this phalaenopsis for about 6 months. It didn't looked well when I ...

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    Question Phalaenopsis - flower spike or keiki?

    Hi! I've had this phalaenopsis for about 6 months. It didn't looked well when I got it, it barely had alive roots and some leaves were kind of yellow. With patience, care and fertilizer it got much better. A couple of days ago I noticed something started to grow in the orchid, but I don't know if it might be a flower spike or a basal keiki, or maybe it's too early to say. What do you guys believe?
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    I'd say its a keiki and it actually looks like your plant is a keiki and that grey stump is the original plant.

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    Agree with Chris!

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    Maybe spike as the temperature dropped I'm positive 90% maybe I'm wrong too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    I'd say its a keiki and it actually looks like your plant is a keiki and that grey stump is the original plant.
    You're right, the orchid is actually a keiki from a previous plant that suffered crown rot.
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    Maybe spike as the temperature dropped I'm positive 90% maybe I'm wrong too.
    We're on the dry season right now, the temperatures at night till dawn oscillates around 59-65ºF in my city. During the day it goes up to 77ºF most of the time.

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    Looks more like an inflorescence than a keiki, but it is really too soon to tell for sure.

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    I vote for keiki!

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    A new picture.
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    Happy new year! There's not doubt it's a flower spike!
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    Congrats! Glad I was wrong!

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