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    Loooong wait... This spike is 50 cm + and on my other one it's perhaps 20 cm. Still nothing 'budlike' in the end...

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    Wow! Congrats - I have a Psychopsis mendenhall that hasn't spiked yet, but I'm waiting anxiously to have it start once it gets warmer. It's great to see one growing a spike - thanks for sharing.

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    Oh, now I am excited for the flowers for you! I have a Mendenhall too, it has a happy new p-bulb growing, but no sign of a spike yet. They are so gorgeous! Do they spike on new growth? Where does the spike come out?

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    congrats. I have one in spike but is over a few months. I read that some of spikes lasts for a decade and repeat blooms from the same spike and each flower lasts a few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    Oh, now I am excited for the flowers for you! I have a Mendenhall too, it has a happy new p-bulb growing, but no sign of a spike yet. They are so gorgeous! Do they spike on new growth? Where does the spike come out?
    They are gorgeous!! I can't wait to see mine produce flowers as well (I've actually never seen one live). My understanding, and from the pics I've seen, is that the spike comes out at the base/side of a pseudobulb. All the pics I've seen are showing a spike on an older pseudobulb, but I'm not sure if it is initiated upon new growth on other parts of the plant. I've been told warmer weather is what it takes to get it to generate a spike, so I'm waiting for warmer times. Carol and Xara, let me know how yours are doing, I'd be interested to hear.

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    I have one of mine on the windowsill and the other one in the cultivation cabinet, because I wanted to experiment with where they like it best. Fortunately they both seem to thrive :-). The one with the shorter spike was bought with another spike that dried up and fell off. I thought that was it for my Psychopsis cultivation, but then it started a new spike almost immediately. And I think they both grow like one centimeter a day (!!). Just a bud or two missing... ;-)

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    Mine is under fluorescent lights in my living room in S/H. It seems to be thriving with a new p-bulb and roots. Our house is about 70 degrees most of the time and humidity is pretty low. It's sure a pretty plant even without flowers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xara View Post
    I have one of mine on the windowsill and the other one in the cultivation cabinet, because I wanted to experiment with where they like it best. Fortunately they both seem to thrive :-). The one with the shorter spike was bought with another spike that dried up and fell off. I thought that was it for my Psychopsis cultivation, but then it started a new spike almost immediately. And I think they both grow like one centimeter a day (!!). Just a bud or two missing... ;-)
    That's a good idea to see what environment they'd do best at in your grow area. Mine currently is in a portable greenhouse, but my temps here have only just started to get up into the 70s (F). What's your humidity like? Does that influence spike in Psycopsis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchisAmor View Post
    That's a good idea to see what environment they'd do best at in your grow area. Mine currently is in a portable greenhouse, but my temps here have only just started to get up into the 70s (F). What's your humidity like? Does that influence spike in Psycopsis?
    I have a problem with keeping up the humidity in the cabinet: it drops to 30-40% between mistings. This time of the year, it's even less on the windowsill. I have no idea how it influences the plants, but still: the spikes are growing rapidly!

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