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P-bulb general question

This is a discussion on P-bulb general question within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have an oncidium and it sent out new growth this year. I was hoping ...

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    Question P-bulb general question

    I have an oncidium and it sent out new growth this year. I was hoping it was going to spike soon but the growth that is being produced looks more like another pseudobulb than a spike. I was curious if that means this new growth will not spike since it seems to be growing another p-bulb or if it can perform both tasks at the same time. Thanks everyone!

    -Nik

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    Most likely, if an oncid-type grows past the newest p-bulb, the "older" p-bulb won't bloom. I've never had that happen to me in almost 12 years of growing. Maybe some of the others have.


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    I have an oncidium and it sent out new growth this year. I was hoping it was going to spike soon but the growth that is being produced looks more like another pseudobulb than a spike. I was curious if that means this new growth will not spike since it seems to be growing another p-bulb or if it can perform both tasks at the same time. Thanks everyone!

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    I thought the flower spike grew out the side of the p-bulb and the leaf axil area....duh or do you mean the new growth will be the next to flower??
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    I'll try to post a picture tomorrow and then explain my question better. sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman8705 View Post
    I'll try to post a picture tomorrow and then explain my question better. sorry.

    -Nik
    No worries, Nik. I am glad you are posting the image. I have not seen what I think you are describing before.

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    When a new growth starts, first the leaves emerge, then after a round p-bulb begins to appear, a spike will form on the side. Is that what you were wanting to know?

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    ah, okay.....Thanks That had me worried I'd misunderstood the order of things or something....you never know with orchids, eh?!

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    here are some pictures. The mature P-bulb shown has not spiked yet but there is a growth coming from it. I think it looks too thick to be a spike (but i could be wrong) so i thought it might be another P-bulb growing already... If it is a P-bulb and not a spike does that mean that this mature P-bulb will never spike? The backbulb did spike so i know that it's mature enough to do so. I hope this clarifies my question. Thanks!

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    P.S. I really hope it's a spike and not another P-bulb forming... please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

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    It is too early to tell if it is a spike or pseudobulb.
    Give it a few more days and you will find out.

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