What kind of Den. Sheryl?
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This is a discussion on Dendrobium kikis within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have 4 dendrobium kikis, all with 2-4 roots. I would like to detach them ...
I have 4 dendrobium kikis, all with 2-4 roots. I would like to detach them and possibly mount them? Any suggestions?
What kind of Den. Sheryl?
Shouldn't be a problem but I would wait for the mounting guru (Oilie) to chime in and see what he has to say.
Or ... for Ray for his infinite wisdom ..., but I think I would wait until it has more than a couple of roots.
Have most of mine mounted on tree trunks using a wee bit of Sphagnum moss and a green tie. I remove the green tie once they're established, But that may not be the best way. It was one of the FIRST try things and seemed to work for me.
I think most the other have done it too, so their input would also be of great value as well.
That's a great colour! I can't see the canes but they are probably hard and upright. You could try mounting them but sooner or later you are going to have to deal with a plant that is very top heavy and awkward so you will need a very robust mount. Then, when it is large and established you will have to deal with watering it enough to sustain that big plant. So, if it were mine I would mount it on a tree or structure that you can build or buy ready made or pot them in a pot. In my climate, without a greenhouse, I would have to stay with a pot. I would wait to remove the kiki's until there are 5 or at least 3" long. Kiki are easy to remove, just give them a twist between the roots and old stem. The more ready they are the easier to disconnect. I often just put them in the pot with mom but it's always a good idea to have a backup in another pot. There I go again yada yada yada yada.
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I agree. I have gotten the mounting bug and recently mounted about 4 of my orchids. I played it by ear and probably used too much sphagnum. We'll just have to see how many make it. I n regard to kicks. I have a Den that has 2 large kicks. Am I to surmise that mounting is not as good an idea as potting. If potting, what media works for you?
Personally, I put most Dendrobium keikis into very coarse Perlite - the best one can get get here in UK is nominally 0-6mm size, but I either sieve it, with a 4mm mesh, keeping the largest particles, or put it in a bucket of water, and keep pushjng it down ; the larger particles float, and the dust sinks. Then I use the Perlite, pot in the ordinary way, and top with horticultural grit to keep it neat and tidy, and provide some weight. Then grow in S/H , i.e. stand the pot in 1/2inch of water. Quite a few things will flower within a year on that first cane, when quite small.
I was amused by Chris's D.speciosum story . 5 ft tall and weighing 10 lb - yes I have seen pics of them that big ( and much bigger too ) in Australia. But over here, it is rare to see one in flower at all, and even then, bulbs the size of a cucumber - say 10 inches or a bit more, and a couple of inch diameter, would be about the largest seen. Our climate and weather of course !