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Is this a vanda spike or keiki?

This is a discussion on Is this a vanda spike or keiki? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought this ascocenda (ascda) thai spots 'bow" in bloom earlier this summer. A few ...

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    Default Is this a vanda spike or keiki?

    I bought this ascocenda (ascda) thai spots 'bow" in bloom earlier this summer. A few weeks ago I noticed what I thought was a spike emerging, which now looks like this. Is it a spike or a keiki (if vandas have keikis)? It doesn't look like the spikes on my other vandas.

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    Looks like a keiki to me. Should be fun!

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    Ok, so it's a keiki. What do I do with it? LOL

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    When it roots big enough you can separate it from mother plant or just leave it as it is and you will get specimen plant

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    I keiki,it happen with mine as well.i left it like that until it has long roots and separate later. One of crown rot ,I left all 3 keikis on mother plants for a speciemen

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    I think you may find that it is more a contynuation of the main plant, after the growing point at the top of the original stem died off, in which case it will grow straight up, without producing any - or many- aerial roots for a long time, and when you take a quick look at the whole plant, it won't seem like a keiki at all.
    I say this for two reasons ; 1, the top of the original plant does not look very vibrant and live, and 2, the location of this sprout.
    In my experience - and at one time I had about 300 large flowered Vandas, they produce keikis from quite low down - more an attempt to produce a branching plant than what we usually think of as keikis in other genera. New sprouts near the top are (in my personal experience at any rate ) always flower spikes.

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    Concur with Geoff. Kiki growing at the base is a good sign and parent would continue. Keiki at the crown most likely indicates that the crown is unable to grow for whatever reason.

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    I concurr with Geoff too.

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    Uhh, it has leaves; spikes generally don't have leaves. It may be a branch, or if the crown has taken damage or has rot it may be the new lead.

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