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Can a Keiki Grow in Just Water?

This is a discussion on Can a Keiki Grow in Just Water? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I recently bought two orchids (my first!) that were in pretty bad shape. I had ...

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    Default Can a Keiki Grow in Just Water?

    I recently bought two orchids (my first!) that were in pretty bad shape. I had to cut off the flower spikes, and I am wondering what I can do with them. I saw somewhere online that it might be possible to grow a keiki from a cut flower spike in water. Is it actually possible for me to divide those spikes, and maybe grow a keiki in a cup of water from a node on the spike? If it is possible, is there anything else I need to do? Is grow paste, or fertilizer in the water, or anything else necessary to make that happen? Or is just placing the node in water enough? I feel like this might be some kind of myth, since the spike is cut off, but I'd like to check. Have any of you ever done this successfully?

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    I would mount them. I have not tried in water culture.

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    Cool! How would you mount the spike?

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    You would need a hard wood or a tree fern piece, some moss and fishing line. place the moss on the hard wood and then keep the roots on top of it and tie it with fishing line. if you want you could add moss on top of the roots but I don't like it that way.

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    K- Shiloh is referring to trying to grow a keiki from a flower spike, not trying to grow a plant that already exists.

    Mounting a flower spike that has no keiki with roots is a sure way to kill it. There is simply not enough moisture input to keep its processes going. Even putting it in a cup of water only gives it a slim chance of survival. I have seen others have success, but I'm not sure if they applied any hormones to the nodes or not.

    If you're going to try it, leave the spike intact; do not cut it up into individual node-bearing pieces.

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    Thanks ray. I did not read the question well. I agree, from a flower spike is not going to be productive to produce a keiki.

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    It has been done with some success using inflorescence segments with nodes inserted into a mix of peat and sand, here are the full details. Though I would not count on it to succeed, but worth a try.
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