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dendrobium help

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    Question dendrobium help

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone could tell me what promotes kiekie growth in dendrobiums? I have one that has 5 babies kiekies on it. I would like to know if the mother plant will be able to flower when I take all the baby plants off or is the plant finished.

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    Hi Vicki, welcome to our community. Your dendrobium will have much more strength if you remove the keiki that have roots and pot them up. As long as your 'mother' plant has good roots, it will continue to bloom and grow. Some dendrobiums seem to throw off keikis left and right. I have one that I wish would keiki so that I could send the baby plant to a friend here, but the darn thing just won't do it. Never has.

    If you can, post up a photo of your den. with the keikis and let our group take a look. They will probably have lots of advice to offer.

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    in some Dendrob species using a fertilizer high in nitrogen stimulates keiki formation over flower production. I find that this is true with Den. kingianum. It may be true with others as well.

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    Thanks for your help. I think I actually have a flower coming along with the new growth and the kiekies. I was wondering also if you can plant the kiekies in the same pot as the mother once they have been started on thier own. Or plant all the babies together once they can be removed from mother plant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki View Post
    Thanks for your help. I think I actually have a flower coming along with the new growth and the kiekies. I was wondering also if you can plant the kiekies in the same pot as the mother once they have been started on thier own. Or plant all the babies together once they can be removed from mother plant?
    Sure. Planting them all together is fine. I suppose planting them with the mother would work too though you may need to stabilize them more since the mother plant is likely to be in larger medium than the keikies would need for support.

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    PS - congrats on the flower

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