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Epidendrum Keiki Removal

This is a discussion on Epidendrum Keiki Removal within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; I have a quick question. I believe this to be an Epidendrum Orchid (Correct me ...

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    Question Epidendrum Keiki Removal

    I have a quick question. I believe this to be an Epidendrum Orchid (Correct me if I'm wrong). It has a keiki and I wanted to know how I go about removing this? Do I just SNAP it off? I really rather not CUT the whole plant as it's not mine. A friend just let me take the keiki.

    It has many roots as you can see in the photo. The parent plant doesn't have any bulbs of any kind and it seems to be planted in...dirt?

    Please help.
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    Yes, it is an epidendrum. I would wait for the Keiki to finish flowering and start some new growth (at the expense of the mother plant) and then detach it. You should be able to snap it of, but if it is too fibrous a quick swipe with very sharp sterile shears should help remove just the keiki without damaging the main stock.
    And another yes, epidendrums like this one will survive in any medium, they have very adaptable roots. They are very fast growers and once were growing like weeds in all my orchid and non-orchid pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Yes, it is an epidendrum. I would wait for the Keiki to finish flowering and start some new growth (at the expense of the mother plant) and then detach it. You should be able to snap it of, but if it is too fibrous a quick swipe with very sharp sterile shears should help remove just the keiki without damaging the main stock.
    And another yes, epidendrums like this one will survive in any medium, they have very adaptable roots. They are very fast growers and once were growing like weeds in all my orchid and non-orchid pots.

    Thanks for the wonderful advice! I wish I could wait until it stops blooming, but I don't have that much time with my friends plant. So, I'll have to separate it soon (by tomorrow even).

    As far as wound care, can I simply sprinkle cinnamon on the plant afterwards? I don't want to KILL their plant after removing the keiki. Is there something I can apply to it so that it won't get a fungus/bacteria etc.? Thanks in advance!

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    We use pruning sealer (in the spray can - looks like a can of spray paint). It is a black sealer and we use it all the time for things like this or when we cut the rhizome of a cattleya when repotting, etc... It is so much better than cinnamon IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    We use pruning sealer (in the spray can - looks like a can of spray paint). It is a black sealer and we use it all the time for things like this or when we cut the rhizome of a cattleya when repotting, etc... It is so much better than cinnamon IMHO.

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    Thanks Bruce. Can we use any pruning sealer or one for orchids...is there a difference? I put Cinnamon on the plant. That is OK for this genus...right? :S

    I had to use a little force (not much) and it just SNAPPED off. It was incredibly simple. I over potted it as I didn't have a small container for it. I may repot it later, but for now I put it in hydroton. Here are some pics of the plant cut, flower, new medium, and over size pot. Please, if you guys have any advice...I'm ALL ears!!
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    Any pruning sealer will work. We originally got ours to seal the rose bushes when cutting them back. Cinnamon? Hmmm? There are several different thoughts from different people on this. I would not personally use it on something this large. Again - JMHO. But- I don't think it will hurt.

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