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Kingianum Keiki

This is a discussion on Kingianum Keiki within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering when it would happen, but I finally saw my first keiki...on a ...

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    I was wondering when it would happen, but I finally saw my first keiki...on a Dendrobium kingianum.

    I went to go spray it this morning, and saw something odd sticking out the side of one of the canes, and sure enough, there it was.

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    I LOVE the Kingianum, by the way...it is an extremely vigorous grower, and the scent is just incredible...it reminds me of hyacinths. I've already separated 2 sections off of this plant, and all 3 are growing madly. I even took one individual cane with roots and put it in its own clear plastic container, and it already has 2 other canes growing out of it. I think it's a great orchid for beginners.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share this exciting new development.

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    Congrats on the baby den, keep us posted on the progress.

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    Good for you! A keiki is always nice. Now you will have another orchid to share!!

    cheers,
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    Thanks for the kind words. I just noticed it today, and I didn't see if there were any roots, but I suspect not at the moment.

    I'll post whatever new developments occur.

    Also, I'll post a pic of the single cane I separated out. I wasn't sure if it would work or not, but it has greatly exceeded my expectations.

    I'm still surprised at how easily this one grows. I have already gifted a separated portion out to someone, and as far as I can tell, it is growing well for them as well.

    It was such a good investment!

    I'll have to hit up more orchid shows from now on.

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    Den. kingianum loves to produce keikis! I am told it is caused by not giving the plant a 'dry' winter.
    Great if you want to increase plant numbers but not good for flower production.

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    Mine throws keikis like crazy! Only one spike this year. I think it has more to do with temperatures than it does a wet/dry cycle. Fortunately this has allowed me to have enough plants to try different methods this winter!
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    Give the 'dry winter' a try Jason. The plant occurs naturally in my part of the world where we usually have dry winters and our temp. can get down to the very low single figures C.

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    I did the dry, but brought them in when temps were getting anywhere below 45F. I was planning to leave one of the plants out this winter regardless of temperatures to see how it does. Protected from frost of course.
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    i bought one not long ago, half way through winter (in los angeles) and it did well. i read somewhere to NEVER WATER IN NOVEMBER or you will not get flowers, just keikis... you let it go bone dry for a month to initial flowering. i will try that this year. got mine in january fill bloom, could smell it 20 feet away and had to get it, even though i tell myself i don't like dendros.

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    Congrats! New keikis are always exciting!

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