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Keiki not progressing

This is a discussion on Keiki not progressing within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I posted about my 2 spiked Phal where the 2nd smaller spike seemed to be ...

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    Default Keiki not progressing

    I posted about my 2 spiked Phal where the 2nd smaller spike seemed to be growing a root. It's doubled in size but no more roots have appeared and the root is still probably less than an inch.
    The flowers on the smaller spike were all droopy and the buds didn't seem to want to open, so I cut the spike above the new group of leaves.



    Anyway, the roots just aren't doing anything on the keiki.... IS it a keiki? Is there anything I can do?

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    It is a keiki. What you need to do is be patient. Plants have their own time tables. Unless the rest of the plant starts to suffer, just leave the keiki be. If it gets too big for the stem to support it, you can remove and pot up, but the more roots the better.

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    OK, I'll be patient. I have to learn that orchids are just slow. Which in a way is good - because they are slow to DIE on me and I have a chance to fix things.... but also slow to spike, bloom, grow, reward me hehe!!


    Sitting back to wait again... I just wanted to be sure...

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    This is why weneed ten million orchids in our collections. That way there is always something going on. No boring moments.
    I'm very demanding on my poor phal. I tell it to spike, flower, and grow seed pods, grow roots, and leaves, and kiekis at the same time. It does its best to please me, but so far has only grown roots, maintained a spike with a seed pod, and new leaves. Should I be worried that its doing too much?

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    I'd worry that you're asking to much.

    Orchids are like cats. They'll do what they'll do, and what you ask barely (if at all) figures into the equation!

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    ROFL guys.
    The problem is, I've been looking at pictures, and I think - I NEED that one!!! But I can't possibly afford that one. And just as equally, can NOT fit that one!!
    Yeah, I'm always peeking into folds of the leaves, looking for something growing out of them. I want my first spike. I want to bloom my first orchid! I want more orchids so I am always blooming my first orchid.

    OMGosh it's a sickness!!!!

    As for cats.... I would consider seriously trading my LARGE Ragdoll kitten for a greenhouse set up for orchids <oh and FULL of orchids>.....
    *bad cat!* lol!

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    Aww, poor kitty.

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    Poor kitty tried to get my hamster. Tried to get my baby tortoise. Bit the top off my Candy Corn vine. Spills water all over whenever my kids leave a cup around.
    I like my easily contained pets more. Cat goes thru good periods where I adore him. And then BAD periods where he generally makes me crazy LOL!!! hehe!!

    OK, since you can't possibly know, I do really like him most of the time :c)

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    I will take him, he can't be any worse than the"Rat" alias Molly Taco, she is a one cat demolition team.

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    Look at that Molly Taco avatar look - she's just challenging us all to take her on!

    rrrrrrrrrRRRRRRROOOOOOWWWWWW!

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