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Aerides spike talking point.

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Roy, Sep 26, 2010.

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  1. Roy

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    This is my Aerides multiflora v godefroyae showing a new spike coming from along side an OLD spike from about 18 mths ago. Has anyone one seen this happen before??? I believe like those whom I've spoken with about say is doesn't happen...well, your opinion please.

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    Are you sure it is coming from the same leaf axil? I suppose we can't be sure until that leaf falls off.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Are you sure it's a spike and not a root?
     
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    Yes, its coming from the same leaf axil and no, its not a root.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It happens. Two of my Ascocentrum species have done that two or three years in a row.
     
  6. Roy

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    Update, it is a spike but digging deep into the leaf axil, the spike has actually split thru the above leaf way down.
     
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    Oh yeah, my Aerides do that from time to time. Even growing
    through the leaves as you describe. Persistent little buggers. I
    have managed to re-direct a spike like that by putting a plant tag
    between the spike and the base of the plant. However, you do have to cut the split leaf completely off at the base. At the moment, I have a whole new plant coming from an area that was a spike last year and I cut the leaves directly above it.
     
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    Maybe I haven't been paying much attention to what my plants do, lol.....
     
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    This plant compared to all the others is very tight in its growth. The others elongate the main stem which allows the spikes to imurge easily, this one is so compact it has to do what it did to free the spikes.
     
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    Nelson, I think you have too many to observe closely. I would love to help you reduce your collection but the " powers in government" wouldn't like it.
    You mightn't either, :)