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Keiki related question Phal.

This is a discussion on Keiki related question Phal. within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Just have a few questions about this Phal i have. I used keiki-boost on it. ...

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    Sssassskia is offline Junior Member
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    Default Keiki related question Phal.

    Just have a few questions about this Phal i have. I used keiki-boost on it. It didn't take long before i noticed something was growing.

    One spike had two keiki's, and in the middle something that looks like a spike. The other spike has one rather large keiki, with another four thingies next to it. Next to the keiki seems like another small keiki, next one looks like a spike, again a small keiki and again a spike.

    Now i was wondering if all of these baby's won't take too much of their mommy. She seems alright and healthy (even produces another leaf).

    I was also wondering when the keiki's will produce some roots and if i can do anything to promote that?

    Some pics...

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    My understanding is keikis are quite variable, with some doing mostly leaves, and others rooting more readily. I don't know if there's definitely anything you can do, but you might try pinning the keiki (still attached to the spike--don't try removing it) to a pot with sphagnum.



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    I not an expert, but i would try to mist it to encourage some root growth....maybe that would help to encourage new roots to be formed

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    When you use any kind of growth hormone, one never really knows what might come of it. I have used it and only promoted new spikes and no keikis while other times I get nasty looking one can see from these pictures.....

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