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How do I remove and pot up a Keiki?

This is a discussion on How do I remove and pot up a Keiki? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; One of my Phal 's grew a Keiki from a former flower stem. (I didn't ...

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    Smile How do I remove and pot up a Keiki?

    One of my Phal's grew a Keiki from a former flower stem. (I didn't know enough to cut it off) It has 3 small leaves and a couple of roots right now. I've let it grow for several months now. I was thinking of cutting it off and putting it in a glass container with some loose moist moss, covering it and letting it get started as an adult before putting it in medium. (I did this with a sick plant and it got new leaves and roots in no time.)
    Is this a good method to make sure I don't kill the baby? Thanks!

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    The longer a keiki remains on the plant, the better. When you do remove it, I would pot it in the media that you intend to grow it in. I think that if you start a plant in moss, those roots will do poorly when you remove the moss and plant in a bark mix and vice versa.

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    Agree with Wade.

    You will be surprised at how durable these keikis are. They are ready for permanent potting (at least till the next repot a year or 2 away). No need to baby them. I have successfully removed phal keikis and had them grow.

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