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    Default Den. spike?

    I noticed this today while examining my plant. Could it be a spike?


    sorry for the crappy cell phone photo...

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    I am not a dend expert, but my guess is that it likely is a spike. Guess you will know soon...good luck!

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    Yup! It's definately a spike! Congratulations...Now, the big wait begins...LOL...Betty :-)

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    Yayyyy!! I was worried about this plant because it was dropping so many leaves. Must have been getting ready

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    That's a phal-type dendro right? Don't know how they behave, but I have an x delicatum that started showing spikes and stalled for MONTHS!

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    I'm not sure to be honest, I lost the tag (or threw it out before I knew better...). From what I remember the flowers are greenish with a purple splash in the center - if that helps at all...I'm going to post photos once it does flower in hopes of getting an ID.

    I'm actually a little concerned because it hasn't produced any new leaves since it dropped a ton of them. There is however lots of tiny new growth under the LECA that I noticed when transpotting it. Is there anything special I should be doing? Bloom Booster fertilizer? No fertilizer? Humidity? It's in a hydro pot so it stays pretty evenly moist. I have it in a slightly dimmer area because at first I thought the leaves were dropping due to sunburn. I've since learned it's likely deciduous. Should I move it back to where it will get more light?

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    I am still learning with my first dendros (kingianum and x delicatum). From what I understand about the other types, they should have slight shade for most of the year, especially growing season. If it is a nobile-type, I think that it's "bright shade" during growing season and almost full sun the rest of the year. If I am wrong, I hope someone will correct me.

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    I know that most that flower off the canes and not from the leaf axils are deciduous and start producing during or after the leaves have dropped. they wont grw new leaves on the same canes again, but they can flower off the same ones for years to come! So dont chop 'em, unless they get so shrivelled, that way they use every last drop of energy stored up in those puppies!

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    I hope it is a spike but have a feeling it might be a kieki. Several of my dens are producing kiekis now and they start out as a fat bud like your plant is showing. They are a little slower in developing and will produce little roots at the base.

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    I considered the fact that it could be a keiki. Either way I would be happy and only time will tell!
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