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Old pseudobulb spiking?

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    Default Old pseudobulb spiking?

    My orchid has an old pseudobulb that appear to be spiking. I would have assumed once they lose their leaves any hope of spiking would be terminated. I think this is a spike?

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    Please keep us posted on what develops. I've been growing cattleyas for about eight or nine years and I've never seen that happen. I'm very curious.

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    Wow I never knew that that was possible. I take it that this is some kind of intergeneric? How unusual. Keep us posted.

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    New growths/ pseudobulbs sometimes form on top like this. On orchids of this type, spikes generally appear at the base of the growth as a new p-bulb is developing. I believe it is a new growth, but as it gets bigger, you will know for sure one way or the other.
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    Not a spike, but a new growth that should mature to a small pseudobulb with leaves and eventually roots, essentially a keiki. BTW, your tag should read Brsdm. Gilded Urchin, not Guilded.

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    Thanks all for the feedback/input. I can't wait to see what it turns into, if it turns into a "keiki", should I remove it once it gets root and pot it? As for the tag, that is what it came with from the orchid shop, I knew something was off when I could not find that particular name well represented online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    Thanks all for the feedback/input. I can't wait to see what it turns into, if it turns into a "keiki", should I remove it once it gets root and pot it? As for the tag, that is what it came with from the orchid shop, I knew something was off when I could not find that particular name well represented online.

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    Once a keiki has 2 or 3 roots a couple inches long it can be removed and potted up on its own, but it may develop faster if you leave it attached until it has a second or third growth. In this case, assuming it does develop as a keiki, when you remove it I would cut the top of the pseudobulb of with it rather than risk damaging the keiki.

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    Thanks for the advice, I will certainly give it time to develop and take your advice for the removal process.

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    Hello members, thought I would post an updated picture on the "growth" on my Gilded Urchin.

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    Interesting... Haven't even seen keiki growing like that.

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