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Catasetum integerrimum - Spike or new growth?

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    Red face Catasetum integerrimum - Spike or new growth?

    Hello guys! I have this Catasetum Integerrimum ---. It started to appear a new "something" and I'm debating here if it could be a spike or a new growth. The lady at the orchid festival said that it would probably take 2 year until it bloomed.. But I did some research and this looks a lot like the spikes I see on the internet. Is a little bit rounded and very light green. However, the orchid has no root system right now ( from when I first saw the plant at least, which wasn't too long ago), it is (or was I guess) dormant. IF it is a new spike, what should be the steps I should take regarding to watering, feeding and light since the plant has no roots? I know that a new growth you only start watering it when I reaches at least 3 in or so and when some roots start to appear.
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    Im no expert, but it looks like roots. (I could be wrong)

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    wait till roots appear and begin watering when they are 2 to 3 inches long.
    light intensity, as for cattleya or vandaceous orchids

    i am guessing those are new growth as integerrimum produce spike when the growth is relatively immature and not when they bulb is fully formed or during dormant stage. (same goes for tenebrosum, planiceps etc.)

    unlike some catasetum that produces spike when the bulb is almost mature (eg pileatum, expansum, viridiflavum), and to the lesser extent during dormancy. but flowering at any stage of bulb development is still possible.

    congratulation on the haul of the grim reaper !

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    Judging from the shape I would say it is a root. At this stage they tend to grow fast so you will know soon. But once you are staring at their spike it takes forever for it to bloom. Ha ha.

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    Well it definitely doesn't look like a root to me, I was able to take a better picture. I guess I will wait a little more and see what happens. And wait for some roots to appear to start watering properly

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