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Phal with two keikis growing on one of its spikes

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    Default Phal with two keikis growing on one of its spikes

    Hi Everyone,

    I have this Phal on which I experimented on one of its two spikes, using Keiki paste on its nodes. It now has two keikis growing on that spike. I have attached some photos.
    I have some questions though. How many keikis can the phal handle, since I applied more paste on the other spike now?

    Should I prevent other keikis from forming now? What special care can I also give the two keikis now?

    Thanks

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    I don't have an answer to your question, but must say I am surprised at your success with the keiki paste. It always seems to just initiate spikes instead of keikis for me.

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    Same here, Diane. I've used the product that I purchased from a place in Ontario, Canada and the only thing I ever got was more spikes. I was trying to promote keiki growth on phals that I screwed up with crown rot. The information that was included with my stuff, to address the original thread question, is not to apply it to more than 3 nodes because it might be too stressful for the plant.....

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    where in ontario did you get the paste, bikerdoc? just in case it's near me... (i know i can order it online, i just hate ordering stuff online) Please PM the information.

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    Well, I have read in many posts that you need to put the Phal in a dark place for some time so that it works, but basically I did the opposite.
    I read in the sheet that came with the paste to use it on nodes 2 to 4 after all blooms have opened for more than one week and give a high nitrogen fertilizer. I followed the instructions, except for the fertilizer part (I use a balanced one) and kept the Orchid in the same well lit place and voila the keikis!

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    Oh I'm excited. I want ti try that. Can someone pm me with a vendor's name in the US, that's reliable and sells keiki paste.
    Thanks in advance
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    Hi Ischel,
    If you want, I can PM you with a name of a vendor in the US, who sells the same brand I have, where you can buy online.

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    Its all about the time you apply the paste... Apply it just when the first flowers open... otherwise when the nodes differentiate, they'll transform into spikes.... I agree with the high nitro fertilizer... It helps the plant grow and put on more leaves thus re-gain energy... Congrats... I'm going to give this whole keiki thing a try as soon as I get some 6-BAP...

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