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When to remove keikis?

This is a discussion on When to remove keikis? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have pahl. lueddemanniana that has grown 2 keikis from spikes that had previously bloomed. ...

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    I have pahl. lueddemanniana that has grown 2 keikis from spikes that had previously bloomed. I just cut off the larger one this weekend it is about 4 inches across and had 3 2-3 inch roots. I potted it in a 1 1/2 inch pot with sphagnum moss.

    This is a pic of the newly potted keiki. Do you all think that this was an okay size to remove it from the mama plant? To small maybe? I wanted to pot it up before the roots got too long to pot with out breaking the roots.

    Included is a pic of the main plant, it is growing well excecpt for one yellowing leaf. It has 2 new spikes this season.

    It still has one keiki attaches, it is quite small about 2 inch leaf diameter.
    When do you think I should pot this one?

    Or should I leave it on the plant? I have seen pics of this species with numerous keikis on it, sometimes the keikis themselves are blooming! Does it weaken the main plant to leave the keiki's on
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    Now that I look at it I am concerned about the yellowing on the other new leaf! Does that look terminal to you all?

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    Meg the keiki looks fine in its new pot. With 3 proper roots it should have no problem surviving.

    The mother plants looks a bit scary especially since the leaves are pointing in 3 directions and not just the 2 across from each other. If the mark on the leaf dooesn't spread it should be okay I think. At least you'll have 2 keiki if it does decide to leave you.

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    I would highly recommend you do a physan treatment soon...or another that is good with bacterial and fungal infections. The leaf up top is definitely scary. If you cannot find physan, some hydrogen peroxide will be a good start. When you cut a sick leaf, it helps to apply cinnamon. (yes the one from your spice rack) It helps dry the leaf out faster and keeps infection from getting into the new cuts.

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    Hi meg,

    I have noticed with the species phal that keiki, they often loose leaves faster than my normal (hybrid phals). I say treat with physan and let it alone. The keiki looks like a fine size to me.

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    I'll get on it with physan and let the other keiki get bigger and then pot it. Mama plant has 2 new spikes growing, so I really hope that I can save it, it is a beautiful species!

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