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keiki question

This is a discussion on keiki question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; if a young keiki without roots from a phal was removed accidentally, is it going ...

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    if a young keiki without roots from a phal was removed accidentally, is it going to die or will it still grow roots?

    thanks guys...


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    You can try laying it on some sphagnum moss, keeping the moss moist. The prognosis is not good.

    If you have or can get a rooting hormone, dust the bottom of the keiki with that.

    Good luck. Let us know if it works out.

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    Good Luck...the above is good advice. I hope it was big enough to handle it. We've all done this one. I'm trying not to knock one off with a single root myself these days.

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    Yes, get the root hormone. That is probably you best hope at this point.

    Best wishes for a happy outcome.

    Cheers,
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    Question Keki problems - dendrobiums especially Kingianum

    Keki problems - dendrobiums especially Kingianum

    I live in the North East of England & am particularly interested in Dendrobiums. A recent answer to a question on dendrobiums claimed that kekis were caused by " lack of sun" on dendrobiums.

    My understanding had been that poor cultivation, particularly an excess of watering was the fundamental problem. I understand that a compost that is not aerated sufficiently (old compost, lack of perlite for adequate air around the roots together with unfavorable weather - such as poor sunshine) are all important. This problem is especially acute with kingianum & moliforme dendrobiums. Am I missing something?

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    Hi Raymund:

    Tough break - (literally). I had a similar problem but I knew my schedule would not allow me to monitor the moisture of the moss - it was slightly moist to begin with. I needed a low maintenance solution. I took a risk after reading some literature and suspended the keiki above the moss, just slightly, SLIGHTLY touching. (I improvised by propping it up in the top portion I had cut from a plastic pop bottle. This contraption was placed on top of the moss).

    All of this was placed in a sealed glass bottle placed where heat and light were adequate. Through condensation, the moss was kept moist. Eventually, I got a roots!!!! My case might have been just dumb luck.

    I hope you find a method that is successful and that you share it. I would love to find a fool proof method.

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    thank you guys but the city where i am from is really small and there is no demand for rooting hormones so the local cooperative selling orchids and stuff dont carry them. even the local farms ive been to dont have them...

    i cant even find moss so what i did was place it in soaked coconut husk/coir in water (the plant base just touching the moist choir, and placed it inside my room.

    And guess what! Yay! i think there is a bulge growing where the roots should be! i think im lucky it is rooting... i will take pictures when the root gets bigger!

    thanks a lot guys! 1 more phal x intermedia! yay!

    raymund

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