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Rootless Keiki

This is a discussion on Rootless Keiki within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a mini Phal that is supporting not one but two keikis off of ...

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    I have a mini Phal that is supporting not one but two keikis off of an older flower spike. To give you an idea of growth/stage, the largest keiki leaf is approx. 2 inches. I will include a pic.

    My concern is that I haven't seen any sign of roots growing on either keiki. Do the roots grow at a later time or do I have a problem here?

    Thanks!
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    Give them time.

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    Oh come on, they're just babies!!!!!!!!
    Kidding, they're cute... Very healthy-looking plants indeed, I think they're doing just great.

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    It might take several months for the roots to show but as long as the leaves are healthy no need to worry.
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    Excellent! Thanks for the time frame.

    These are obviously my first keikis and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

    One always runs across “wait until it has a healthy root system and two or three leaves” which doesn’t say much about how it actually grows and average lengths of time. I’ll give them a few more months before I give roots a second thought, assuming the “mother” orchid remains healthy.

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