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Myrmecophila tibicinis spike?

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    Hello everyone! Hope all is well! Here's a photo of the new growth on my Myrmecophila tibicinis. Is this a flower spike in the middle of the leaves? This little bump has been very attractive to ants ... If it is, does anyone know how long it takes to develop? I'm an outdoor/sunroom grower so I was hoping it would develop before I had to move it indoors (October/November).

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    no idea, but good growing! i got a little division of this last summer, and so far not doing so good... it arrived with all but 2 of the leaves knocked off, and it is just not growing, although is did root into the new tree fern pot. i have moved it to face more light, it was too shaded. yours looks nice and green, and the yellowing bulbs is normal i understand... how much sun are you giving yours? i think ants are supposed to like this one, the bulbs are hollow and they can nest inside them. i don't know if there are natural openings in the bulbs to help the ants?

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    All of them will have that little "Pyramid" in the center. I have several and once they start growing it doesn't stop. The problem is I have not been able to get any of my to bloom.

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    My grandiflora usually puts out the infloresence the year after the pseudobulb matures. Provided the plant is mature enough and gets the correct conditions for blooming.

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    coeruleo - there are little holes at the base of each pseudobulb where ants can enter. in fact last summer i had something enter because there was bug poop coming out of the hole. the pseudobulb survived so i guess it didn't munch on it too badly. this plant was fairly shaded when the photo was taken and but now that the sun has shifted it's getting a few hours of full sun in the afternoon. the leaves don't look so great but they aren't burning so i'll leave it until i need to bring it indoors. i'll put a photo below. maybe i should give it more shade? i've seen pics online of these growing in full sun and they were quite yellow.

    miller - you're right. it started another pseudobulb and it had that same little growth in the middle of the leaves. fingers crossed that next year i'll get some blooms and more growth. first year one new pseudobulb, this year three, so hopefully one will bloom.

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    mine just died... but i am getting a new one soon. going to be a little more picky about getting one a bit more established. mine had come 'bareroot' as a division, but was basically bare of roots... once the new growth failed, it was over. i just don't think it had much of a chance in such a dry place, no matter how much i water. yours looks quite happy. all the pictures i have seen insitu the plants look very yellow from the sun. so they can handle some and still grow. i like my plants to look a little greener though, like yours. your new growths are coming in bigger, that is a good sign.

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    I bought one as well in August. I've had it hanging in a tree till yesterday that I took it in. It'so more or less 8° C at night so I think too cold to let it outside. I hope it will bloom for me next season.

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