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Producing keiki's by letting the plants go to seed!...

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    Default Producing keiki's by letting the plants go to seed!...

    Hi... I've not been around for some time... Mainly because this semester we had the entrance exam for M.s!... I must admit it was a very hard exam!... Anyway...
    About the news... First of all I'm very sad about my first phal... One day I pulled out (after seeing it stunned and growthless) and saw it lacking roots!... All were gone perhaps dead from excess water in the planting medium... I was shocked and amazed to see "How fast" orchids die from careless watering"... Now it has sad and shriveled leaves... I'm afraid of watering it so I spray it every day... I also spray the roots... The poor thing is growing a new leaf... Please help me... I really don't know what to do...
    The next special thing that happened (I don't think anyone would consider the previous special!) was what happened to my other phals...
    Remember my seedpods?... Well they all (around 5) opened and spilled the seeds everywhere and none were planted/flasked... Yeah... Some BIG energy waste for my plants!... But I'm pleased to announce that I'm rewarded with two keiki's!...
    Here is what I did:
    I pollinated the plant and "just to know whats inside", I removed the sheath from dormant buds... Well... Nothing but a small pointed green thing...
    After the seed-watse(!) I cut the stalk just before the dormant buds and after a few days I saw them grow bigger... Now they look like the images shown...
    Another observation was: The scars from dead flower pedicels also grow buds on my striped phal!... the keiki you see in the right is actually growing from a scar...
    And for the last one... I forgot to remove the green bud-like thing from the end part of my yellow phal's flower stalk and now it has produced buds!...

    So is this theory right?... Most people remove the stalk after all flowers are gone... Letting the stalk and dormant buds live longer by pollinating flowers to develop seedpods might help produce keiki's... Right?...
    (I wonder if its worth the BIG stress and energy waste of the plants...?!)
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    Em... I was expecting some Senior members to help me... Whats the purpose of this topic again?!...

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    Salam. Mohi I think you need to change the media probably the existing one are too soggy or sour that will prevent further development of roots. You can try hydro ball or water culture as described by our friends in this forum.
    Congratulation with 2 keikis please take care both of them from naughty insect.
    Some of the hybrids they are very easy to come out keikis from the dormant buds like yours, once the roots system already establish than you can cut later Mohi.
    Talking about theory may be right may be not like Phal amabilis very difficult to produce keikis, phal borneonensis and cornucervi they are readily to produce more keikis if the spikes dormant too long.

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    Mohi, take a look at this post. The series of articles may help you.
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...tml#post132542

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohi View Post
    ....So is this theory right?... Most people remove the stalk after all flowers are gone... Letting the stalk and dormant buds live longer by pollinating flowers to develop seedpods might help produce keiki's... Right?...
    (I wonder if its worth the BIG stress and energy waste of the plants...?!)
    Hi Mohsen, good to see you back online here. I have an opinion regarding your question, but realize it is only my opinion.

    I think it is not worth the stress. There are keiki pastes that are available for purchase. Many phals produce keikies easily and some seem like they will never produce a keiki. Letting the seed pods develop on your phal will cause significant energy to be used that could go into growing new roots and new leaves. If you really like the plant, don't risk it. Again, JMHO.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Dear zainal abidin thanks for the advice... I think I'll plant the poor thing in clay-balls soon...

    Dear JoeW... Thank you for the helpful articles... I'm sure it'll help me cure the poor plant...

    Dear Brutal_Dreamer... I'll never think of pollination again!... I'm having trouble taking care of my 3 plants!... I think a few thousand more would cause a little trouble!... I'd like to enjoy my plants "as they are"...

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