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Keiki of Death?

This is a discussion on Keiki of Death? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; A few months back I posted a photo of a Phal going "bad". I suspected ...

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    A few months back I posted a photo of a Phal going "bad". I suspected it was one of those Keikis that cause the death of the mother plant. It has developed quite a bit. 3 roots, the longest just over an inch. Any advice on when to cut the keiki off and pot it up?
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    Maybe it is best if you leave the keiki until Spring. The mother plant is looking good, so maybe it is not a keiki of death if you keep the baby and the mom well fed.

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    Are you sure it's a keiki? To me it looks like the natural progression of growth for a phal. Growing taller and taller and putting out new roots as it moves up. I read a post a few weeks ago advocating the constant trimming of the bottom of phals.

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    I can't say it looks much like a keiki to me, just normal growth. Keikis on phals. mostly grow low on the bloom spike. From what I've seen and read when roots grow high on the plant it's a good time to repot. Take off damaged lower leaves and repot the plant lower if possible, but retain the roots even if they grow as airel roots.

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    Well, there are 4 sets of leaves below this "keiki", and only the bottom set has put out roots... that, plus the change growth pattern when this started (very small leaves at first) makes me thing it is not just normal growth. Never had a Phal skip so far up the 'stem' before putting out new roots. Guess I will wait a while and see what happens.

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    I would leave it on the plant and see what it does , at this point it is being supported by the original and will grow faster , even if the one it is on dies off by then it will be large enough to bloom and can be removed , looks like a glitch in growth of the main plant to me . Gin

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    it's certainly a keiki with the leaf progression and root formation. since it's from the crown, I'm with gin, leave the sucker on until the old plant dies. if you need to, maybe put a little sphag around the new roots to encourage growth (and mist carefully so you don't lodge water in anything important).

    in any case, don't remove the keiki until it has good roots, maybe 3" long or more. if you remove the keiki, it'll grow much slower obviously, and the mother plant may or may not develop a basal keiki depending on its health.

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