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My first keiki!

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    Here's a pic of my first keiki, ever! It's from a NOID hybrid Dendrobium that I nearly killed with too much sun. Glad it's coming back.

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    Your dendrobium leaves look like something is munching on them. You might look around for a snail or grasshopper... Dendrobiums will burn if you put them in the sun too fast, however, no worries they love full sun as long as they get mid day shade. And once they get used to a higher sun level they will begin growing much faster and will give you more flowers when they bloom. Even Florida's mid day sun can be withstood if the plant is gradually introduced to higher light levels. I love keikei's...enjoy watching it grow. They are fun to watch...and if the parent plant blooms and you haven't removed the keikei yet sometimes the keikei will throw a spike too.

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    you're right about the munching -- we've had a PLAGUE of grasshoppers here since May
    they've actually killed outright some of my smaller seedling orchids ... it was a nightmare. luckily they have mostly died off so my plants are safe for now.

    do think i'll leave it attached -- it'll look really neat with the roots hanging

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    Good for you! That little dendrobium keiki will be ready in no time. As for grasshoppers - we have been hit hard here too. Total nightmare. They have just about eaten all of my huge, formally beautiful bird of paradise. So horrible.

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    I am in the same situation with my first Keiki. Similliar to yours it has a keiki and a spike on the same cane of a NOID dend. I thought the cane was on its last leg since It has only one scrawny leaf left on it.

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    Leave your keikei on until you have a nice group of roots over a few inches long each. You can then pot them up in small grade bark or spagnum till they are older. Good luck with your babies. They will need to be watered more often than the adult plant. The smaller the pot, the faster they dry out. Keep us updated on the little guys' progress...

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