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Aerides houlletiana

This is a discussion on Aerides houlletiana within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by meredog My apologies because my question is off topic, but every time ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredog View Post
    My apologies because my question is off topic, but every time that I take the top off of a vandaceous orchid, and make sure that both pieces have roots, at least 1 piece dies while the other struggles, and most often both pieces die.

    Arne, PLEASE, what is the secret?

    I did this to my Aerides houlletiana, and the top piece sulked, but produced 2 beautiful spikes this year, and the bottom piece would be dead except that I keep forcing it to try to live. I'm not doing something right.
    It may not be that straightforward. A keiki should be produced sooner or later if the plant has lost has lost its growth zone at the top, provided the lower part is healthy. But it can take time and sometimes I find that a keiki was produced but died of rot at a very early stage. And sometimes, I guess the lower plant is not as healthy as I thought.

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    I suppose you're right as far as the strength of the bottom piece. But I've had bottoms with keiki's and my intention was to share the top or bottom with my sister, but then neither takes off, and both fail. So I've given up on doing this. I'm kind of giving up on vanda's period. I think I just don't have the right conditions, and that this is the real issue.

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