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Old 07-04-2018, 10:19 PM
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I have a few cymbidiums at the moment with new spikes of some kind. I'm not sure if they are new growths or flower spikes. I'm obviously praying for flower spikes! Any pearls on differentiating new leads from flower spikes?

It is winter here at moment and it's my first year growing these. Winters generally range from 10-24C. They get full sun on my north deck at least 4 hours of the day (nb Southern hemisphere). I've heard quite mixed messages about whether I should be resting them or not. So I've only reduced watering a bit (was keeping them evenly most through summer). At dawn the humidity is around 90% outside so none of my resting orchids are completely 'dry' really anyway.

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Hard to tell from the photos, but based on the time of year, I would strongly guess "spikes". Spikes are round, sort of bullet-shaped as the emerge New growths are more flattened. Cymbidiums don't need a "rest" period. As the weather gets cooler, you'll naturally reduce watering frequency, because the plants won't dry out as fast. But that's about it. Just patience now... and as the hoped-for spikes develop, you will want to be prepared to stake them for good presentation. Also, as the spikes emerge, it is important to maintain the position of the pot relative to the light. If you turn the pot, spikes will get "twisty". So just let them develop and enjoy the anticipation.
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Post pics when it gets a bit larger, then it'd be easier to tell.

What Roberta said is correct.
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Updates a week on. Yesterday I had a battle with a swarm (? Collective term?!) of ants that were all over that sticky substance on new growths!!

A couple I'm very hopeful are flower spikes... A couple are developing a 'V' shape at the tip so I'm still not so sure....

Itd exciting keeping a close eye on them though. And my partner and I have bets going! Lol
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