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Killer spike?

This is a discussion on Killer spike? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, I have read on another post that the spike in the pic below ...

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    Hi all,

    I have read on another post that the spike in the pic below will kill the orchid? The spike has grown out of the center of the leaves, rather than from the sides. Is this going to be a problem? It is happily flowering away at the moment from that spike, with that odd little leaf just hanging there lol. Does this mean no more leaves will be produced? Anything I can do to persuade it to form a keiki?

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    This anomaly happens every now and then. Most people believe that temperature has something to do with it, but I dont have any concrete info on it.

    In any case, a healthy plant will know that the crown has "terminated" and it will attempt to produce new plants on the side.

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    So hopefully I can expect a keiki to appear at some point on the base of the plant if I am lucky? That would be really great. It was the 3rd orchid I ever bought and I really would like it to live! It has a couple of nodes on the flower spike - I have heard of people who cut the spike and put it in water, then months later the nodes grew - sometimes it was flower stalks, sometimes keiki's. Whatever happens, I hope a keiki grows from somewhere! I love the blooms!

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    Hi, Dan, sorry about the killer spike. It was my impression that the odd little leaf is the beginning of a keiki. I could be wrong, though. Any one else have an opinion on that?

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    I thought it was at frst too, but the spike is growing out of the leaf, like through a tube, and the spike is from the centre of the crown

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    I hate when this happens. Bummer. Hopefully that leaf way up the spike will develop some roots and turn into a baby plant (keiki). Hopefully.

    Cheers,
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    Hey Brutal Dreamer, I'm praying to whatever Gods in the sky exist to get a keiki from it lol. I may have to console myself with another purchase...

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    It does not always die I have had about twenty that have done that and about a third have put out a keki and one put out a leaf along side the spike and has carried on growing,another one has put up two standard spikes from the stem.It will all depend on your culture what will happen.Good luck.
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    Thanks Tednz you have made my day

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    I second Ted's comments. I think, too often, people think it means the plant is dying when they hear the word "terminal" spike. In fact, it really only means the spike is arising at the end (or terminus) of the stalk, instead of at the base.

    If the plant is healthy, and it looks as though it is, you should get either a basal keiki, or even a "branch" (not sure if this is the technically correct term) from one of the other leaf nodes.

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