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I am confused about how orchids are propagated

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    I have a Phal that has 2 baby orchids growing in the medium. If I re-pot the Phal and remove the babies, is that a division? I understand Keikies, so it is my assumption that there are 3 ways to make new plants?

    Mericlone...I do not understand this description, Does it mean that all orchids saying they are near blooming size are Mericlones?

    Mericlone Orchids are vegetative clones of hybrid orchids. Mericlone orchids will be exactly the same as the parent plant. Orchid breeders use this process when they have bred an orchid that they believe has sufficient merit to go to the trouble and expense of cloning though the tissue culture process.

    Mericlone Orchids can tend to be more expensive than other orchids, however you know what you are getting. Look for Mericlone Orchids that are advertised as 'near blooming size' if you are after a plant that will flower within a year or two. Blooming size plants cost more, seedlings less and flask of cloned material even less...

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    well some phal species send out keikis(baby plants) at the roots i think P.stuartiana and i do not know if it passes this strange trait to some of its hybrids....it would not be considered a division per se....if a large phal produces basal keikis straight from the main stem....then if u remove such...that would be considered a division....seeds,keikis,meristems,dividing the plant(inclusive of backbulb initiation)...i think thats the 4 ways to get new plants

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    Well, since we are on the subject...my Vanda has tiny leaves sprouting below it's roots.....seems i have babies, but how would you ever harvest them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    I have a Phal that has 2 baby orchids growing in the medium. If I re-pot the Phal and remove the babies, is that a division? I understand Keikies, so it is my assumption that there are 3 ways to make new plants?
    When plants grow, the "growth front" is undifferentiated cells called the meristem. Sometimes - often after experiencing crown rot, which damges the meristem - phalaenopsis may start a new area of meristematic tissue, which we sometimes refer to as a "basal keiki". They tend to not have their own roots as a typical keiki does, so cannot be removed. If they are "true" keikies growing off of the root system (that's a new one to me), and having their own roots, by all means it may be divided, and I suppose one could call it a division, but I think "keiki" is probably more appropriate, as "division" tends to be more commonly applied to sympodial plants, those that grow into a "colony" attached by their rhizome.

    Mericlone...I do not understand this description, Does it mean that all orchids saying they are near blooming size are Mericlones?
    A mericlone is simply an in-vitro-produced clone made from meristematic tissue. The term says nothing about the maturity, but differentiates it from other sources. A keiki is genetically identical to it's mother plant, so may also be considered to be a clone.

    Unfortunately, common usage sometimes clouds definitions. "Clone", or more specifically "clonal name" is often used to describe the cultivar epithet applied to a plant. For example, in Ascocenda My Michele 'Lavender Beauty', folks sometimes incorrectly refer to 'Lavender Beauty' as the clonal name, even though the plant is not a clone, but is seed-grown, and no duplicates have ever been produced.

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    Phal stuartiana indeed does pass this trait onto its offspring . I have a Doritis pucherimma x Phal. Stuartiana which has produced such keikis at the roots, the mother plant is very healthy.
    Quote Originally Posted by King Kjeldz View Post
    well some phal species send out keikis(baby plants) at the roots i think P.stuartiana and i do not know if it passes this strange trait to some of its hybrids....it would not be considered a division per se....if a large phal produces basal keikis straight from the main stem....then if u remove such...that would be considered a division....seeds,keikis,meristems,dividing the plant(inclusive of backbulb initiation)...i think thats the 4 ways to get new plants

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