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Is this a keiki growing from my epidendrum ratican?

This is a discussion on Is this a keiki growing from my epidendrum ratican? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I thought keikis grew from the spike where the flowers bloom, but this one is ...

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    waterforflowers is offline Junior Member
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    Question Is this a keiki growing from my epidendrum ratican?

    I thought keikis grew from the spike where the flowers bloom, but this one is on the stem and it's getting pretty big. I don't want to remove it if it's not a keiki. Also, where do the flower spikes appear on these epidendrums? What you see on the right is a plant I saved.
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    - a girl that loves her plants, but is just learning.

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    ksriramkumar is offline Senior Member
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    Yes. Epidendrum radicans usual method to produce keiki's. You can detach and repot it when the root is more than 3-4 inches.
    Last edited by ksriramkumar; March 14th, 2015 at 10:37 AM.

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    PaphMadMan is offline Senior Member
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    This is a normal growth habit for Epidendrum radicans and many other reed stem Epis. It could be called a keiki, but I think that term is better reserved for vegetative growth in a location that would normally be reproductive growth (flowers) or at least a growth in an unusual location. This is not unusual, it is normal and quite common, though the primary position of new growths in Epis is from the base of the plant. In terms of using a non-basal growth to propagate a plant, it can certainly be treated like a keiki and not hurt the plant at all. Normal spike formation will occur as a continuation of the top of the growth, a terminal spike.

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