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Using Keiki paste - how many nodes per plant?

This is a discussion on Using Keiki paste - how many nodes per plant? within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; One of our Phals was happy enough to make a keiki on its own this ...

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    Default Using Keiki paste - how many nodes per plant?

    One of our Phals was happy enough to make a keiki on its own this winter, and I wanted more little babies. I have two plants flowering, and one that is done flowering but with good spike remaining. I have seen others do 3 or so nodes per plant in other threads. For plants with two spikes, should I stick to only 3 or so total so as not to tax the mama plant? How many can a healthy plant really handle? Thank you!

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    Specialists, both on the internet and in my orchid society, advise only 2-3 nodes per plant, so you get healthy keikis that grow roots more quickly. My first keiki from 2 springs ago is just blooming now...a big strong plant with 6 flowers!
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    Thanks, CO. Several others put out a spike last year, but none had enough umph to actually bloom. Now I have 3 in spike and this one in bloom! This summer I'll really try to encourage several more nodal keikis, especially as the winter debacle of thrips and crown rot managed to destroy the center of my favorite spangled-and-spotted one. She's blooming, but it's sure she'll be a goner if I don't do something...maybe I can also stimulate a basal keiki. Anyone know if KeikiGrow works for that??

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    Well to answer my own question, there is a web page about this, and it says the paste is 90% effective in "curing" crown rot (if you don't wait until the plant just stops growing). Place it on a basal node where an old leaf fell of the main stem, and it should sprout! I'd like to try this on my 3 that have crown rot, but they are spiking. I wonder if they have enough energy to produce new growth as well as blooms? Maybe I'll try it on just one...

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