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Cymbidium spiking out of season?

This is a discussion on Cymbidium spiking out of season? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; This is a standard cymbidium I got in mid february, carrying about 4 spikes and ...

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    Default Cymbidium spiking out of season?

    This is a standard cymbidium I got in mid february, carrying about 4 spikes and 6-8 bulbs, planted in a standard clear plastic pot in fine bark, very tightly potted if I may add. As this is my first cymbidium, having read some culture facts in the forum I kept it moist in a spot where it could get bright (but not very direct) light and watered it with the remaining water from my phals (I use the dunk-in-a-bowl technique), which I enrich with orchid bloom booster fertilizer and a drop of superthrive.
    That said, I expected it to fall into the vegetative growth state after it finished blooming in late february and didn't give it a lot of notice. Since the plant is kept indoors, the temps vary from 15C to 20C.
    However I noticed yesterday that there are some shoots growing from the sides of older bulbs and since I really have no clue as to whether these are spikes or new bulbs, I'll leave it to the experts.
    I really wanted to repot, but if these are spikes, I may have to wait...
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    Well, I'm not quite sure what I should be seeing in the second picture, but the third picture seems pretty clearly to be new growth to me. Haven't had much success with blooming these, but new growth always looked like that.

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    Yup, looks like new growth to me also. However it's not that unusual to have new spikes now. I have a hughe cym with 2 spikes on it . One getting ready to bloom and the other just developing.

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    Hcubed: on the second picture, there's a new shoot growing at an angle on the right side under the cut spike of the right bulb.See it?

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    Oh, got it now. That one is smaller, so it is harder to tell but I would bet that it is also new growth.

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    Ok...so the verdict is that those are new growths. Great! Does this mean I can I repot now?

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    Those two shoots on the outer left and right sides definitely look like new pseudobulbs.
    However, it looks like you have two smaller growths along the middle of the plant. I circled them if that helps



    They are still too small to properly identify - although I suspect new pseudobulbs as well.
    I would wait a few days to verify if those are new growths or spikes. If they all appear to be new pseudobulbs then it would be safe to repot.
    This would also be a good time to give them some cold exposure if practical - to encourage blooming.

    The usual way I can ID a new pseudobulb versus a spike is the "dagger vs thumb" rule.
    The new pseudobulbs have a very pointed tip (dagger). Spikes are usually stubby and bulbous (thumb).

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    Oh! So it's the opposite with phals (pointy growths=spikes, roundish growths=roots). That is why I was confused about them.

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    I would concur that they are new growths.

    Good growing!

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