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Phal seedling keeps producing keikis

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    Question Phal seedling keeps producing keikis


    About a year and a half ago I bought a small compot of 4 large seedlings. One at that time was in spike. The cross is Phal. Brother Pirate King x Phal Salu Peoker. I potted them up individually and they have all been doing well. The question I have is that one seedling keeps producing keikis instead of spikes. Last spring, about 3-4 months after purchase I noticed that it was spiking. That spike turned out to be a keiki. The keiki grew much bigger than the seedling and I did end up potting it on it's own thinking I needed to save the seedling. I repotted it as well and it has a wonderful root system, just small leaves. It seemed to do well through the winter and a wonderful surprise it looked like it was spiking again. Again now that spike has turned out to be another keiki. I have it in good lighting and all my 20+ other phals spike and never produce keikis. It's sister seedling is now spiking for the second time. I had actually moved the seedling to higher light when I saw the little spike/keiki appear thinking that the higher light would give me a spike instead of a keiki.
    Any thoughts as to why this seedling is producing keikis? What can I do to have it give me a spike? Would love to actually see the flower on this phal, but may now have to wait until the keikis flower.

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    For Phals, the urge to keiki (in an otherwise healthy plant) seems to be more genetic than culture related, though culture can have an effect. Often a cool down in the fall will help initiate blooming. Some plants seem to send out keikis more than bloom for no obvious reason. You can have plants growing side by side and one blooms and another will just produce keikis. Often a cool down in the fall will help You may just have to be patient-orchids like to teach us patience .


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    Try to cut down on the high Nitrogen fertilizer if your are using any including any plant hormone supplement(s) if any.

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