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Old 06-28-2020, 03:21 PM
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Dendrobium speciosum spike watch... Male

It does look like spikes and I agree with Roberta it would make me very suspicious of whether it's a pure speciosum. I was wondering about that with the first spikes because they stayed so straight. Had you staked those? Fellow grower here in NH had one in our Feb show every year that always won all the trophies. It was massive! The spikes always drooped pendantly downward they were so large and heavy with flowers.............and that's all you could smell when you walked into the ballroom where the show was held...........heavenly.
I don't believe this species would bloom out of season. Especially for a species that has such demanding requirements.

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Old 06-28-2020, 04:52 PM
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No, I've never staked them. The pot is hanged at a ~30o angle but all the spikes so far grow parallel with the p-bulbs. The flowers are small relative to the spike thickness and are able to hold its upright position.

Some of the photos online show Den. speciosum with straight spikes, but of course I can't say if those are actually "pure" Den. speciosum.
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:02 PM
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If those are new spikes, I'm suspecting a fairly complex modern hybrid... even Den. x-delicatum (Specio-kingianum) blooms just once a year. But some of the more complex ones may indeed do it twice. Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids, has been doing a huge amount of work with the Aussie Dendrobiums... he may have some thoughts on the subject.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:51 AM
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Exciting! I look forward to mine eventually blooming
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Ok, it looks like these are all keikis.

These keikis are quite vigorous. I broke off a keiki that grew earlier this spring and it started two new growths in less than a month.

I messaged the grower on facebook for the ID of this plant but I, unfortunately, got no response.
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