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Holcoglossum Subulifolium

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    Hi I'm new to the forum, and also just a couple of months since I got the orchid bud. One of the species I've bought is a Holcoglossum Subulufolium, and have a query for the more experienced growers. My HS started growing which at first I thought could be a spike but its now obvious its a new leaf. Is it normal for HS to grow leaves from the middle of the plant as per pics attached? Also how big does the plant has to be for its first blooms, mine is in a 3" pot.

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    Yes its not a leaf, its new growth 'Keiki'. Vanda type orchids open side branch and produce new growths, regardless or if the main growing tip is damaged or not.

    As for how long, most Holcoglossum leaf have to be at least around 12" range before the plant will flower. Although this is related to Vanda, you to provide much cooler growing condition than most Vandas. Cooler dryier winter around 10-12'C is need for good blooming for these guy.

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    Looks like this orchid is happy.

    cheers,
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    Hi wonderlen, that's great...will go and measure my leaves now :-).

    Like I said I'm still a newbie, and was wondering what to do with the keiki? I mean do I leave it with the mother plant or cut it off?

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    Just let the keiki be. It will grow and eventually produce roots. Before it has some roots you should not divide the plants. But you could let it grow into a large speciemen plant instead of dividing it into two plants.

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    Wow :-) I'm such a happy bunny...I got this baby end of June and its obvious its a happy healthy plant but I would like to think I'm doing something right as even my Miltonea Cuneata has spiked :-)....yejjjj
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    Hi all, after the posts I recieved I went to check the HS straight away when I got in the house, and after careful examination I noted that there's something else growing. It's right at the bottom just under the leaf where the keiki is growing. I think it could be a new root, but am not sure if these can also grow ariel roots.

    I'll post more pics as it grows further.

    Thanks again to your contributions :-)

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    Hi Cio - Welcome to OT.

    I'm not a vanda person, but are you familiar with the way they prefer to grow - hanging from basically empty baskets with nothing but roots everywhere? They can also be grown potted, of course, and yours seems quite happy. Is it in some kind of larva rock? I just wanted to mention that, maybe you coud situate it a little higher in the medium, enough so the top roots are getting more air - and will love you for misting them regularly.

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    Hi Maura, well I've read a lot and I have seen that loads of Holcoglossum seem to like mouting. To be honest I'm moving house in September, so I'll probably try to mount it next year in its new environment....it seems to also be growing a new root in the bottom, so we'll see how it develops.

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    PS its in large bark and a little perlite

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    Excellent. Mounting it should be fun. There are some good articles on OT about mounting orchids, when you're ready to do it. In the meantime - great growing!

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