First glimpse of tolumnia flower spike (middle of picture)
It's finally happening! My Tolumnia Pink Panther, with its 14 mature growths and 4 new ones, is preparing to flower. The flower spike emerges from one of the new growths from last May. This picture is from the first day I noticed the spike (oct 18), when it was barely a quarter inch long. However, in the two days since, it has already more than doubled in size.
The spike on Tolumnia Genting Orange was only a couple inches longer than this when I first purchased that orchid. That spike took 9 weeks to mature. At that rate, I expect Tolumnia Pink Panther to be in bloom by January.
Since the Tolumnia is quite large, I am also on the lookout for more spikes. Either way, I have high expectations for these flowers... so long as I manage to keep them safe from the cat.