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This is a discussion on keiki within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Ok so I have a question... Are they a good thing or a bad thing? ...

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    Question keiki

    Ok so I have a question... Are they a good thing or a bad thing?

    The reason I ask is I have a phal it's The Phal is Tiny Ace x Mount Beauty (white) that seemingly has a tiny little buddy in his pot now... It was not there before. Also I have another noid that a cane got bent but not quite broken off the leaves stayed green so I left it alone, now there's a little guy hanging upside down from it with 5 or 6 roots that are around a cm long and growing fast. I'll post pictures in as I can of them. But was just wondering if I should let em grow or cut them off and put them in their own pots or what.
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    almost forgot be carefull not to poke your eye out with that stick in the 2nd photo...

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    %$#$(&^)!$%^@ Stick!!! Now you tell me. Sheesh! IF the picture hadn't been fuzzy I wouldn't have had to get so close!

    BTW I think your keikis are good things, not sure how big they should be before they get their own pots, I think I read the roots should be 2-3 cm on the keiki on the stem. As for the one in the pot - well ?

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    The one on the stem I tried holding it and taking the picture that didn't work at all, then I tried just taking the picture that was the best one. The wind is picking up a little here so it was moving a bit. I have to figure out what to do with all these guys when tropical storm dennis gets here.

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    Oh yes, Dennis - - guess you my get to use that Flashlight......

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    If that is my plant, I would cut the spike keiki and give it its individual pot as soon as its roots are long enough (maybe 2 inches). I will also include at least 2 inches of the spike for support. As for the basal keiki, I will leave it on, the roots will find their way to the medium as soon as they emerge, and it would be able to support itself without draining the mother.

    I have a phal that have 2 basal keikis and are happy growing together in the same pot. When they all bloom, its quite a show.

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    Ditto what Tanya said. Leave the dendrobium's keikis on until the roots reach a few inches, then lop the plantlets off. The basal keiki on the Phal I would just leave on, period.

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    Great thanks guys, these are my first ones so was like OMG totaly cool, I think LOL anyway I'll do what you've all advised.

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