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Dendrobium keiki advice needed

This is a discussion on Dendrobium keiki advice needed within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just detached a Dendrobium dalhousianum keiki (my first keiki) and potted it, but I'm ...

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    Question Dendrobium keiki advice needed

    I just detached a Dendrobium dalhousianum keiki (my first keiki) and potted it, but I'm having second thoughts about the way I potted it. The 4 inch keiki has lots of roots with good length to them, the problem I seeing is that it is still attached to a over 1/4" diameter cane that tapers to a nothing point over a 5" length. I potted it on the diagonal in a 4" pot with the nothing point exposed because the roots are coming from 2 joints one being just above the cut and the other being the joint above that that the keiki is growing from. Should I have all that juicy cane buried in standard mixed pine bark mix layered with sphagnum? The parent plant, which I bought 3 months ago, is planted only in sphagnum.

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    I have just potted up 10 keikis of Dendrobium nibile that is in the same section.Some of the keikis were 250mm (10") and they still went into a 2" pot.The potting material that I used was coconut husk.I also believe that you might want to eventually put this plant into a basket.It is also known as Dendrobium pulchellum and as such here is a link that will let you know that the canes reach 6'6" in lenght.

    http://www.orchidspecies.com/denpulchellum.htm

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    Thanks for the info. If I had known this plant would grow to 6'6" I would never have bought it because I don't have winter light space for it when it gets larger. Oh well, to look on the bright side, a plant to enjoy for a while and then trade later on.

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    Last edited by KC C; September 16th, 2006 at 05:41 PM. Reason: spelling

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