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keiki on Eplc Volcano Trick

This is a discussion on keiki on Eplc Volcano Trick within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My Eplc Volcano Trick has grown this keiki which I posted several weeks ago. As ...

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    Default keiki on Eplc Volcano Trick

    My Eplc Volcano Trick has grown this keiki which I posted several weeks ago. As you can see it has grown taller and put out several roots. So two questions for you experts: best way (detail...detail...detail) to remove it from its current location and are the roots sufficient to support future growth? I know the usual rule of thumb with phals is 3 roots 3".




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    The roots are long enough.

    As far as how to take it off, it's hard to tell. If you can pick it off and keep the roots attached, do it that way. It looks, however, that the roots won't come off with the keiki, especially the three going upwards. In that case, you'll have to cut the keiki off with part of the pseudobulb. If you cut right at the yellow ring that should work. Since this growth isn't going to bloom, you may as well operate and surgically remove it.

    I don't think you'll have any problems, but keep your eye on the cut. I guess you could put some cinnamon on the cut, but I've never had to do that. It heals itself.

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    I agree- since this keiki came from a spot that usually develops a bud, you probably will have to nick off part of the mother pbulb in order to salvage all the roots. Good luck!!
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    Strange one there! and I thought only my plants did really weird stuff! lol Cool cattleya; how'd you train it to do that??

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    Since I can't get them to flower, I feel lucky to get another plant out of the deal... just a stroke of luck... and you know what they say, "Better lucky than good!"

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    Yee haw, are you growing your 'chids near a nuclear plant or something? This one is a beaut, I agree with Michael cut the pseudobulb off and then remove as much of the pseudobulb gently from the keiki if you can without destroying the keiki. Good luck!

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    Once the p-bulb is cut, be sure to seal the cuts with a pruning seal to keep infection out of the mother plant and the keiki. Good luck!

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