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This is a discussion on Orchid cultivation within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi: I would like to know the best way to remove keikis from a Den ...

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    Hi:

    I would like to know the best way to remove keikis from a Den cane. Some literature advise to cut keikis from cane with sterilized tool and place in appropriate growing medium. I have also read that the keikis should be removed by cutting the stem above and below the growth and then pot the little pieces of cane with the keikis still attached.

    Which is the better method? Can other keikis grow from the same nodes which produced growths before?

    This Novice will appreciate all the advice she can get.

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    I think the latter is the safer solution as it allows the keiki to continue getting some strength from the cane until it decides to dig into the potting media with it's own well developed root system. This is what I do with my Den. keikis and it has always worked well. Good luck!

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    If you wait til the roots are at least an inch long,either way will work. Taking some of the cane is probably best, but it means you have to cut into the cane.

    Rather than cut anything with a knife, you can just carefully pull the keiki and the roots off. Pinch it off at where it's attached to the plant. This eliminates the chance of transferring anything from your cutting tool or damaging the plant.

    To use an unrelated example, if you tear a leaf of lettuce, the edges take a lot more time to brown than if you cut the lettuce. This is because when you cut, the cells along the cut line are cut open. If you tear, the tear is along the edges of the cell walls.

    Plant the keiki as soon as you get it off and water as you would the mother plant. With an inch of roots it's more than ready to go.

    Good luck.

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    Default dendrob keikis

    seems to me that cutting the keiki with part of the mother cane is ruining the mother plant The whole top may be severed and the bottom left with a cutoff top. Am I wrong??

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    Most den. plants have several canes, so cutting one will not ruin the mother plant as you seem to think. If your orchid really only consists of one cane which us unlikely, then
    removing the keiki when it has enough roots is better.

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    Thank you guys. I haven't removed them yet and I have enough keikis to try both methods. I'll keep you posted.

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    Dail what I do is to let it develop a decent root system and then using my thumb and pointer I grab the keiki, at it's base, and with a pulling and twisting motion remove it. I have never cut canes or keiki to remove one.

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    Thanks, Ron.

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