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Schilleriana concerns

This is a discussion on Schilleriana concerns within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Greetings! I have this Schilleriana that seems to have growths almost at any point of ...

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    Greetings! I have this Schilleriana that seems to have growths almost at any point of the main "tree". I call it that for lack of better knowledge or info.

    It tends to grow rather painfully slow perhaps since there are many "keikis" that it needs to support. Is this even considered that?

    Should I cut the "keikis"? I have identified them from 1 to 5.

    Would appreciate info on how to best care for this orchid.

    Thank you!
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    it looks like the main stem is worse for wear and as a result throwing out keikis....cut? no u cant cut anything...way too small and they have no roots of their own.......the roots dont look that great either....this plant is kept too dry ....is that a straight charcoal mix its growing in??? nothing is wrong with a healthy plant growing keikis ......
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    I would not cut any keikis. I would spare them to be able to grow a large spectacular plant instead!

    For care I have had severe problems myself with P. schilleriana, I have tried high humidity, high and low light in my growing cabinet that almost killed it.

    I know grow it in bark with some spagnum moss for water retention. I have it on my windowsill in south west direction. It recieves direct sun during the afternoon BUT I have a three layered modern energy saving window that filter the light. I have the window slightly open 24 hours during the swedish summer. For temperature I have 15-18 C at night and 22-30 C during the day and the relative humidity is around 50-85 depending of how much rain we get.

    My result during these conditions is two new healthy looking leaves within 4 month!

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    Hi Magnus, Thank you for your insight. I live in a place where there is high humidity up in the mountains the temperature now ranges from 16C-24C. It sits beside my windows too for direct sunlight but the sun is almost not visible most of the day during the wet season. Our humidity is somewhere in the range of 80%-90%. Very, very wet.

    I will not cut the keikis. Please post your Shilleriana once it blooms I wish to see it.

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    Yes its charcoal as the main medium and have some fern tree bark in the mix. I know if I cut the keikis they will die as they have no roots. I wont cut them. I was wondering why it threw up so many keikis?

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    I would guess that the massive keiki production is a survival mechanism. It have no energy to send out flowers for reproduction so it tries with keikis instead.

    I think my problem in the cabinet was mainly due to high temperature in combination with high humidity. I had problems with fungi attacking the plant but it also did not grow new leaves.

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    Magnus, I suspected that too and really wanted to confirm if I was in the right thought. Glad to hear from you.

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