Orchids forum: What does a newly emerging bloom spike of Cymbidium look like?

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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 5, 2015 11:44 AM CST
Last year, just after Valentines Day, I bought 3 Cymbidium plants at clearance prices. They held those initial blooms for months, and have remained healthy and happy looking under my novice care. Two of the plants have spikes of new growth emerging from the soil line, and one has what looks like a new bulb-like structure growing.

I would love to see photos of plants at this early stage of growth for comparison. If any of you have some, please post Smiling I will snap some pics of these for input as well.


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This I'll call #1, the largest of the 3. It has a 2nd new growth bud on the other side, pictured in the next post.


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This is plant #2.




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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 5, 2015 12:13 PM CST



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This is plant #3, with its new bulb like structure.


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This is the 2nd growth bud on plant #1.

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tarev
Feb 5, 2015 12:33 PM CST
Hi Neal, this is my mini-cym when it bloomed before.
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And a collage of the cycle it went through.
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 5, 2015 2:09 PM CST
Thanks Tarev! Looks like at least one of these new growth buds may be a flowering stem. If I see a bloom on one of these, I'll be proud as a peacock!
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tarev
Feb 5, 2015 2:43 PM CST
Always fun and exciting to see new growth! Hurray!
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gemini_sage
Feb 5, 2015 3:18 PM CST
So true, and regardless if any of these bloom, at least new growth is a positive sign. They're living next to my big Clivia and near a Jasmine. I'm hoping all of them are getting the required cool temps, and triggered for bloom Smiling
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tarev
Feb 5, 2015 3:34 PM CST
My mini-Cym was outdoors in Fall two years ago I think, when it started the bloom spike, then I had to bring it indoors because there was a nasty bug that ate one of the buds, luckily it did not outright hurt the spike. It would need a little more sun than the Clivia, so hopefully you can place it by your most sunniest window.
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 5, 2015 3:46 PM CST
Yep, the Cymbidiums are right in the window, and the Clivia is in the corner, getting indirect light from the window and French doors. Thankfully the Clivia seems happy without direct light- the windows are quite full, LOL
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tarev
Feb 5, 2015 4:10 PM CST
Oh, love our babies by the window..you got the Cym...and I got my Clivia Smiling
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Feb 5, 2015 5:03 PM CST

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I haven't grown large Cymbidiums in years, but the way I remember to check if the new shoot was a vegetative shoot or a spike, was by gently touching it. A spike is filled in and a bit fatter than new growth.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 5, 2015 5:09 PM CST
Thanks Ursula, I'll give them a very light squeeze. I have to stare at them every day of course, LOL.
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boojum
Feb 9, 2015 8:25 AM CST
I grow over 50 cyms (minis, teacup, and Chinese). At first, I never know which it might, a spike or new growth. At a certain point, I check to see if they are flat or cylindrical as Ursula said. Sometimes the buds get trapped in sheaths and I have to carefully free them. Staring throughout is a good idea!

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