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Oncidium Keiki

This is a discussion on Oncidium Keiki within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I've got this Oncidium (tagged as Lorraine's 14th WOC or something to that effect). ...

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    Default Oncidium Keiki

    So I've got this Oncidium
    (tagged as Lorraine's 14th WOC
    or something to that effect).
    It's a 3 mature p-bulb plant which
    I repotted into S/H when the two new growths were putting out roots.
    So the point is,
    on top of the oldest, most shrivel-ly, bent over p-bulb,
    it still has its one leaf attached.
    And also from the top of that p-bulb, hidden in the leaf fold,
    there is this keiki-like-thing.
    It looks like a new growth,
    which would normally be at the base of a p-bulb,
    but I'm pretty sure it's a keiki, since I just noticed it's growing a root!

    I've heard advice about phal keikis on spikes,
    and applying a sphag pad for the roots,
    or bending it down to contact with the medium,
    but I am unsure with this leaf in the way.
    I don't really think it's an option to try and make a
    -for lack of a better word- s/h pad, or starter-type pot
    for the keiki.
    I'm totally ok with letting this keiki grow,
    and leaving it on for a long time,
    but I'm just wondering how I can get the roots to be adapted to S/H
    with them hanging out in the air becoming aerial roots.
    Should I just go with the sphag wrapped around the top of the p-bulb,
    and hope it transitions well to s/h, later?

    Thanks in advance for any opinions,
    this is my first Onc. keiki
    and I'd like to learn from this new opportunity.

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    Wow,

    I've never heard of an oncidium throwing a keiki! Totally weird!

    Julie

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    Can you post up a piccie ?
    Most strange.
    I would wait until the roots are about 2" long & then seperate the keike
    & put it into s/h.

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    Default Oncidium throwing a keikei

    well, ok, the post title sounds a little agressive...Oncidium throwing a keikei...


    I have an Oncidium that apparently likes to throw off keikei like objects. I am not sure what the technical name for them are, but I think that we are talking about the same thing. Mine start as a group of small leaves that grow up like a spear from the base of the plant (along the rhizome) and later continue to grow into a pbulb, two long leaves with a couple leaves growing right out of the pbulb. Or are you talking about something different something different?

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    ATester,

    How is does you're describing differ from normal Onc new growth?

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    Default photos of plant/keiki

    ok, here we go,
    according to RHS
    the correct plant name for the tag name is
    Odontocidium Lorraine's Fourteenth Woc
    (not an Onc, per se, but an Onc hybrid)

    first photo shows plant
    (double potted, there are two in there)
    and the second shows the keiki
    at the top of the p-bulb.

    note: preview does not contain photos, so i hope this works.
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    Well, this is definitely a first for me. I've got a couple of those, and I have *never* seen mine do that, ever. For that matter, I've never seen *any* oncidium intergeneric do that.

    Ennui, definitely leave it on and let it grow--that's very cool.

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    Wow, wow, wow...

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    Not to be picky...OK, OK, I admit I *am* being picky! I have to say it, this is not an Odontocidium, it's an Odontonia (cross involving Odontoglossum & Miltonia).


    Sorry if I'm being offensive with my nitpickiness on nomenclature. I guess what neatness is to Kev, nomenclature is to moi!

    Cheers,

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    thanks Lja, Piper, uncasteeb-
    I wasn't quite sure what it was doing,
    but I was sure interesting in watching it to find out.

    Atester- it seems most people think those basal growths are
    spikes, but then they turn out to be new p-bulbs.
    At first I thought my keiki might be a spike, too
    until it started a root, that is. And the leaves.

    Orchidzrule- no offense taken,
    I just use the most readily available source
    for identification when
    the tags are all confused like that,
    and as I'm quickly learning, RHS isn't exactly on the cutting edge of taxonomy.
    But I did learn the name for my Paph. Mem Dave Myhre
    from RHS.

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