I just finished watering my plants and noticed the first new spike in my lovely collection of cymbidium orchids, all in containers in my front yard shade garden. It’s a raspberry-colored orchid, and the one I have the most of. It’s such a pleasure to grow, the flowers are gorgeous and long-lasting, and the plant is robust – I’ve had my cymbidiums, in their original containers, for over 10 years. Longevity!
TIP: Especially when I first started gardening, I would inspect each container for new growth, and often it was a false alarm – new leaves emerging, but not a flower spike. After a lot more personal experience, I now know to look for the “dew drop” shaped growth of the spike, which will have some raspberry-colored streaks. The edges of the spike are especially darker colored. In the next several weeks, this spike with elongate and the full flower spike, complete with flower buds, with make their appearance.
Click on the photo to get a closer detailed view of what the new spike looks like. In the foreground, there are beige-colored remnants of cut spikes from last season.