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Phal strange keiki

This is a discussion on Phal strange keiki within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I told you! Strange... I just pray that this little devil do not kill mother!...

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    I told you! Strange... I just pray that this little devil do not kill mother!

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    Default Yep!

    I'm thinking keiki now too with the photo from that angle.

    If you discover it is a keiki when the leaves get a little bigger, just snap it off if you don't want it draining energy from mom.

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    But... He he... Is it possible to leave it till develop roots, then cut it off (and mount), and still to have mom alive? Maybe I want too much!

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    Default Quite possibly

    The mother plant looks like it is strong enough to me to support a basal keiki.

    Are the roots on the mother plant good? Are the leaves nice and turgid? If so, I'd just leave it alone until it grows roots.

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    It did look like a spike! If it's a new growth, I don't see why it would kill the mother plant (though I just killed my Phal. gigantea, so what do I know?)... the new growth should come from the node, and at that leaf axis, there is a node... dunno.

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    Ah, phal-mother Diane was right! A keiki. I have had mixed luck with basal keikis. I have had one kill the mother plant, one die off, one I took off after it had roots of about 1.5" and it grew, and right now have one that is as big as the mother plant but still only has 1 root of it's own so it is still attached. How much do you like that phal? Do you really want 2 of it? It takes quite a while to get from keiki to blooming sized plant, especially on the hybrids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    The mother plant looks like it is strong enough to me to support a basal keiki.

    Are the roots on the mother plant good? Are the leaves nice and turgid? If so, I'd just leave it alone until it grows roots.
    Roots and leaves are in good condition. Especially roots... They are growing like cazy last weeks!


    Well, I like this plant, and I would like to try mounting Phal, so this keiki has come just on time! And...It is always better two plants than one!


    I'll keep an eye on this phal...

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    At my university there is a phal with a large basal keiki and the mother plant is fine and blooming too....I think the large basal keiki was about to spike too but I didn't pay enough attention to their phals. I just noticed they all had many keikis

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    Huh... One man on the other forum, offered me 3 different sorts of orchids if that thing become keiki! He think that is flower spike! Ha ha, I think that soon I'll have 3 orchids more!!! Woohoo!

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    How is the keiki coming along? Has that man sent you the 3 orchids yet?

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