Two weeks after I received the one with the still-intact old spike, it produced two more spikes at two of its nodes.
The other orchid has no spike in sight.
I don’t cut my orchids spikes off for just this reason. Orchids also produce baby orchids, or keikis, that also develop from nodes on old spikes. When I was in Hawaii, I remember that the locals called children keikis. I wonder if they were they referring to baby orchids—or are all Hawaiian babies called keikis? Another important piece of trivia to pursue.
There are two schools of thought about cutting off spent orchid spikes. Some orchids spike again from a node on an old spike. But the flowers produced are usually smaller, and on lankier stems. So, orchid growers usually cut the spikes off at the bottom in order to promote big, fat, compact blooms.
I’m all for instant gratification. So therefore I leave the spikes on my orchids until they turn brown.
I once had an orchid that bloomed for five years straight. I still have it. Of course it’s dead, but I’ve had it for ten years so I keep thinking that it will, all of a sudden, come back. It has one still-attached bent leaf that resembles dehydrated greenish leather. Maybe I’ll throw it out when that last bit of green has turned to brown.
I thought this was interesting. Here is a keiki that I cut off one of my orchids, one whos old spike I had left on. It is spiking.
This is the mother plant. It is also spiking at the exact same time. Like mother like son or daughter or keiki or baby orchid thingy.