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Phal. Basal Keiki - first time keiki surgery!

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    Question Phal. Basal Keiki - first time keiki surgery!

    I recently realized that one of my older orchid plants has been developing a basal keiki. I am thinking about separating them today but I am first seeking guidance from the forum. I want to be sure that I do everything perfectly and do not damage mama or baby.

    I have read that it's a good idea to apply a natural anti-fungal to the wound sites, I was thinking of using tea tree oil. I have heard that many use cinnamon but I wanted to try the tea tree if anyone could verify it's safety.






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    I would recommend to leave them together until you see good numbers of roots in the keiki.
    I can see the roots are still small, let them grow in length then you can separate them.
    It's very important to apply fungicide paste to the cut portion of both keiki and mother plant after you remove them. And it's better to pot them up after you see that the cut wounds are dry and healed.
    If they share too much " body parts" where it's not possible to make a clean cut then its better to leave them as it is.
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    I would recommend to leave them together until you see good numbers of roots in the keiki.
    I can see the roots are still small, let them grow in length then you can separate them.
    It's very important to apply fungicide paste to the cut portion of both keiki and mother plant after you remove them. And it's better to pot them up after you see that the cut wounds are dry and healed.
    If they share too much " body parts" where it's not possible to make a clean cut then its better to leave them as it is.
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    Thank you for your reply! After I posted this, I un-potted it and decided it's best left alone for the time being. I just put it in a bigger pot with fresh media. It has a ton of new growth. I will post pics.

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    It's such a healthy plant good growing and enjoy the blooms.
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    I would recommend sticking with the cinnamon powder, rather than the oil, as it serves not only as a fungicide, but as a desiccant, as well. Once the wound has dried, it can no longer be infected. The oil won't do that.

    Be sure to duct only the wound, and not the roots, as it will desiccate them too, and we don't want that to happen.
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    I second the cinnamon powder. I used it for years with great success. Baby looks healthy but young. Don't rush and be sure to post pictures of what will surely be a spectacular branched blooming.

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    I will definitely post updates! Again, I sincerely appreciate all of the feedback! I have a million questions that I want to post. Guess I should get to it!

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