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Epidendrum Radicans

This is a discussion on Epidendrum Radicans within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello all, Could anyone here advise me on Epidendrum Radicans? My plant resembled about ten ...

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    Default Epidendrum Radicans

    Hello all,

    Could anyone here advise me on Epidendrum Radicans? My plant resembled about ten single stems that flowered vigorously. After the flowering, the spikes were cut and the stems produced multiple kiekies and roots. The kiekies are growing strong and tall and producing new kiekies on top of them. While the plant looks healthy, I am concerned about the situation. All the new growth branched out from the middle of the stem and not from the base. I read somewhere that after flowering you supposed to cut the spikes along with the stems to keep the plant tidy and encourage strong basal growth. Is it really the case? It just does not seam right to cut the plant down like that. However, the kiekie on top of a kiekie is not leading anywhere ether. What is the trick? Thank you,

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    Epi. radicans (and other reed stem hybrids) are known to sprout keikis from the top of the cut spikes.
    I personally remove the keikis from the top since they produce smaller and less attractive flowers compared to new canes from the base of the plant.

    Leaving keikis to grow from the top of the plant also results in an unkempt and ratty appearance. The top keikis also divert energy from the plant so it cannot produce as vigorous basal growth compared to a plant with no keikis.

    You can pot the keikis separately and in time they should reach the same size and vigor as the original plant.
    Soon enough, you will have a forest of Epi. radicans that you will just prefer to toss the keikis into the compost because there are too many.

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    Or you could just cut them, plant them and sell them to some of us on orchid bids and make a couple bucks off your plants rabbit-like propegation.

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    I have found it better to remove the keikis once they have big enough roots and cut the old flower stem down to the base. This encourages stronger new growths and gives you a spare plant especially if the Epi is a favourite. The remainder you can decide whether to pot up and swap/sell or compost depending on your available space.

    I personally keep afew of my rarer plants but wouldn't bother with the common ones like red, orange or purple

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