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What Is This Growing From My Phal?

This is a discussion on What Is This Growing From My Phal? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thank you orcoholic! Your cigar and scotch are on their way.....enjoy! :>) Vicki Originally Posted ...

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    Thank you orcoholic! Your cigar and scotch are on their way.....enjoy! :>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by orcoholic View Post
    I think keiki production is a hormonal thing.

    The orchids are going to do everything they can to reproduce. It can be done through flowers or keikis. The more natural way is to flower and hope for fertilization. I think that keikis are produced if something is not quite right, so the plant, thinking it may die will produce another plantlet that can take root when the mother dies and falls. This is just my opinion and I've never actually seen a phal die when keikis are produced, but I have seen nobile Dens. die after producing keikis because they were watered during the winter.

    There are actually pastes out there that encourage keikiing by putting the paste on the brachts of a spike. I think it's called keikigrow. Used it several years ago and it does work. Getting and growing a keiki is like having insurance on the mother.

    Please send me a cigar so I can properly celebrate the new birth. A bottle of single malt scotch will also help. Thank you in advance.

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    Don't worry about the mother either - likely that the next spike will be normal, or even this one will develop a normal flower branch after the keiki is taken off.

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    Thank you, Dorsetman!



    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Don't worry about the mother either - likely that the next spike will be normal, or even this one will develop a normal flower branch after the keiki is taken off.

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    Reviving this thread, a year later...I have tons of keikis on phals. The mothers are healthy--putting out big new leaves as well as growing their babies. Just potted up one made with keikigrow, and it has three leaves, but one is a fused tubular leaf. Strange growth seems to be the norm with hormones. I also have a huge lavendar phal of unknown origin. It developed horrible crown rot (long hot wet summer). I let it be, and it put out two basal keikis (no hormone applied). I just separated the bigger one, potted it up, and left the small one with the mother. Both promise to be beautiful plants.

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