Dtps Yu Pin Burgundy on left, Phal Gold Tris 'Desk Pot' on right
It's a question we often ask ourselves, as amateur orchid growers, when our precious orchids start growing auspicious protrusions of uncertain origin. With phals, roots and spikes can look very similar in the earliest stages, so when I first noted the two nubs in the picture above, I wasn't quite ready to decide what they were.
The same growths, one week later
One week later, the growth on Dtps. Yu Pin Burgundy has clearly revealed itself to be a spike. The Phal. Gold Tris, on the other hand, remains mysterious. I think I see three faint lines, indicating segmentation, but I can't be sure. It could just be a weirdly shaped root. In one more week, the answer should be clear.
Dtps Yu Pin Burgundy
Phal Gold Tris 'Desk Pot'
Both orchids are healthy, and have grown new leaves and roots since I've last written about them. The old spike on Phal Gold Tris remains green, but otherwise inactive.
Growth on Phal Memoria Audrey Meldman 'Mendenhall'
In addition, there's a promising new growth on Phal Memoria Audrey Meldman. In this case it is far too early to even hope to guess whether this is a spike or not. It's in the right place for a spike, and many of my other phals are now spiking, but otherwise, I'm just being overly optimistic. A few more weeks will show what this is with more certainty.
Phal Memoria Audrey Meldman 'Mendenhall'
The phal has been growing well, and its root system overshadows the size of the plant.
Phalaenopsis side spike
And finally, the growths on my Phal noid have revealed themselves to be side spikes, rather than more keikis. There is one such side spike growing from each of the three main spikes. Exciting!