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Another question about keikis

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    Default Another question about keikis

    Ok, so I have a phal that has a keiki, and the spike it is on continued to grow and should bloom in acouple weeks I hope. So the keiki looks great, has 2 tiny (under 1inch long) roots so far. My question is when do I take the keiki and pot it? I should wait until it is done blooming, right? I'll post pics as soon as I can. Thanks guys!

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    You could probably pull it now but it depends on the damage you wil do while doing so or you can wait. kind of depends on the health of the Mother plant. Any sign of distress and I would cut the blooms off and pull the keike. If it is a small plant then you might keep it from blooming for next year as it will take at least a year to recover but if it's a large healthy plant then it can have blooms spikes and keikes galore!

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    Ok, these are some pictures I took this morning. I believe the mother and baby plant are healthy. This is Phal. Carmela's Pixie X Dpts. Taisuco Pixie. I cant wait for it to bloom, should be a show stopper


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    Nice healthy plant! Looks like it can handle hving both keike and flowers.

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    That's going to be quite a show!

    I' had a phal produce a keiki and I decided to leave it attached. I'm glad I did, too. The keiki spiked and bloomed. After it finished with the bloom, I repotted it. It hasn't bloomed since. Neither has the mother plant. Maybe they had separation issues??? I'd leave it on if I were you.

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    Leaving it on allows the keiki to better establish its roots before it has to fend for itself. Assuming it doesn't stress the parent, I'd leave it on until the spike is done flowering.

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    Very healthy plant , my suggestion is you can help the keiki by wrapping a small wad of sphagnum moss around those little roots.

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    Wow. I've never actually seen a phal in real life with that many leaves healthy as can be! Great job! It will be amazing when those multitudes of flowers open up!

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    phal keikis tend to suck up enormous amounts of nutrients from the mother plant. if the main growth shows any signs of stress, i would remove the keiki asap. otherwise, maybe the plant can handle it, who knows.

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    I'd do as Tanya says & help the keiki by wrapping a small wad of sphagnum moss around those little roots.Sounds like good advice
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