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This is why you should NEVER throw out a "dead" orchid!

This is a discussion on This is why you should NEVER throw out a "dead" orchid! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Nice example of how tough our orchids are. Congrats, Kelly!...

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    Nice example of how tough our orchids are. Congrats, Kelly!

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    And yet another one has started! That makes four in total! I'm seriously stunned.

    How long will it take for these guys to flower? Just as long as any regular seedling, or quicker since the roots and everything from the mother plant are still healthy?

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    Are they technically keiki?

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    Yes, 78, they are natural spontaneous keikis (as opposed to keikis produced by applying hormone paste). It's a reaction to a near-death situation, as witnessed in some of my plants. Kelly, some of my keikis deliberately produced by hormone application tried to bloom in their first year; that is, after separating the keiki from its mummy and planting it on its own, 20% of them tried to bloom the next spring. Most spikes just died on the vine...not enough umph to get them through, I guess. This year the same crop is spiking again. Breeder wisdom from my local hot-shot says that it normally takes at least 2 years for a keiki to bloom. I have to agree with that, as I had three spontaneous keikis from a very rotted core on one plant (though not as dire as yours). I separated them, repotted, and 2-3 years later they now have strong spikes that look viable. Only Spring will tell...

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