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Keiki sending up flower spike!

This is a discussion on Keiki sending up flower spike! within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I only potted this up a few weeks ago, and it only has 2 leaves( ...

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    Cool Keiki sending up flower spike!

    I only potted this up a few weeks ago, and it only has 2 leaves( very healthy) Do I let it flower or take the spike off please, Judi

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    It is not unusual for keikis to bloom while attached to the mother plant. Being you just removed it and potted it up a few weeks ago, I would remove the spike so that the plants strength goes into establishing the plant.

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    Take pictures and let us see. If it looks prety then you enjoy it. Let it stays 2 more months will not hurt plant. You wait for a year to see flower, now, you have flower and you want to cut it.

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    The keiki is doing well and because of that it is sending up a spike. You should enjoy the flowers when they arive. There is no need to cut a spike off a healthy plant.

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    Thankks chaps! Judi

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    I have a dendrobium doing the same.

    At first I thought it was a fast-growing keiki, but now I can see buds forming.

    I'll leave it alone and see what happens.

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    This usually happens as the keiki is still attached to the mother plant and is receiving some of the bloom hormones.
    The keiki does not know how to filter out those hormones and just take in foliage growth nutrients.
    The result is that the mother plant blooms "by proxy".

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