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This is a discussion on keiki potting help, please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I've decided to remove the keiki from my Phal . Where should I cut ...

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    Default keiki potting help, please

    Hi,
    I've decided to remove the keiki from my Phal. Where should I cut it...at the base of the keiki or farther down the stem?

    Also, it has a tiny spike. Is it ok to remove it from Mom-Phal now?

    One more question: to those of you who have had experience with potting keikis, have you had better success potting them in a tradional bark/coco husk chips mix , or SH?
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    You have some nice roots there!
    Cut the spike an inch from the keiki and pot it up as you normaly pot your phals. You may need to water it a little more the first weeks as the roots may not be used to take up water. They will though adopt!

    You could also carefully bend the spike arount and pot the keiki beside the mother plant and make a future speciemen plant out of it!

    Good luck whatever you do.

    /M

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    Thank you, Magnus!
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    Wow, Vicki, those roots are incredible!!

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    How did it go, Vicki? I hope you got this baby orchid potted up well.

    cheers,
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    It seemed to go ok, Bruce (I hope). Even after I soaked the roots for quite awhile, I still couldn't "twist" them around to get them into a 3" pot without the fear of breaking one (some) off. If they had been Den roots, for example, getting them into a small pot would not have been hard at all. (By the way, speaking of Den roots reminded me.....I looked at your "den potting" video awhile back to pick up some pointers. Very good, thank you.) Anyway, I decided to pot my keiki in a 4" (I think it is) plastic basket simply because there are so few roots and quite a bit of medium. I was afraid that if I potted them in either a plastic or clay 4" standard pot, the roots might stay too damp too long....so that's why the plastic basket, hopefully to allow more airflow.
    Thanks for asking,
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    How did it go, Vicki? I hope you got this baby orchid potted up well.

    cheers,
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    I was proud of them, Patty. I've never potted up a keiki before, so I hope it turns out ok.
    Thanks for your reply,
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    Wow, Vicki, those roots are incredible!!

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    Hi Vicki, I also have a phal. with a keiki that is a mirror image to yours, even leaning over to the edge of pot. Mine also spiked and bloomed,
    I didn't want to cut the spike so I waited. I soaked the roots and repotted in a 4" pot also was concerned about all that meadium, I guess
    there are always more then one way of doing things, I hope it works I will let you know. By the way mine is a white phal. it looks so similar.
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    Hi Hank,
    How interesting that our plants look so much alike. I really hope both do well. The hardest part for me is the waiting game. I know I have no choice, though. I think our orchids enjoy teasing us.
    Best of luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hank3443 View Post
    Hi Vicki, I also have a phal. with a keiki that is a mirror image to yours, even leaning over to the edge of pot. Mine also spiked and bloomed,
    I didn't want to cut the spike so I waited. I soaked the roots and repotted in a 4" pot also was concerned about all that meadium, I guess
    there are always more then one way of doing things, I hope it works I will let you know. By the way mine is a white phal. it looks so similar.
    HANK.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus A View Post
    You have some nice roots there!
    Cut the spike an inch from the keiki and pot it up as you normaly pot your phals. You may need to water it a little more the first weeks as the roots may not be used to take up water. They will though adopt!

    You could also carefully bend the spike arount and pot the keiki beside the mother plant and make a future speciemen plant out of it!

    Good luck whatever you do.

    /M
    Mangus, could you expand on what you mean by "You could also carefully bend the spike arount and pot the keiki beside the mother plant and make a future speciemen plant out of it!" I have not had the luck of having a keiki yet, but does your second suggestion differ than the first? Will both suggestions "make a future speciemen"?

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