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White phalaenopsis in a wood basket

This is a discussion on White phalaenopsis in a wood basket within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Jeff did the keikis take over the mother plant's root system or did they have ...

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    Jeff did the keikis take over the mother plant's root system or did they have to grow their own? I have not had a terminal spike, but have read about them over the years

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    Ron, they grew like any other keiki with some roots of their own but depending on the mother plant's root system for much of their nourishment. It's been several years and the keikis are all still attached to the main stem and the roots on the main stem still seem to be live roots, even though the three plants have large roots of their own now also.

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    Thank you Jeff. Now I know! Such a shame though, I wonder why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumblebee View Post
    Thank you Jeff. Now I know! Such a shame though, I wonder why.
    That's a good question. I don't know why an orchid would commit suicide like that.

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    OH. MY. GOSH.

    That is simply stunning. I mean, jaw-droppingly AMAZING. And you did such a beautiful job of capturing it! Such a gorgeous plant and graceful presentation!!

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    That's a good question. I don't know why an orchid would commit suicide like that.
    Out of curiosity, how long did it take for the keikis to initiate? I lost Doritis pulcherrima var coerulea that arrived in terrible shape and just continued to deteriorate over time. Eventually it lost all of its leaves, but I have it in my greenhouse and I'm continuing to water the roots, which are still turning green when wet. I'm hoping the plant will throw a keiki or two, because I paid a lot for it considering its size, and I would really like to bloom it.

    How long was it before you saw your keikis and knew you didn't have to chuck the whole plant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    OH. MY. GOSH.

    Out of curiosity, how long did it take for the keikis to initiate? I lost Doritis pulcherrima var coerulea that arrived in terrible shape and just continued to deteriorate over time. Eventually it lost all of its leaves, but I have it in my greenhouse and I'm continuing to water the roots, which are still turning green when wet. I'm hoping the plant will throw a keiki or two, because I paid a lot for it considering its size, and I would really like to bloom it.

    How long was it before you saw your keikis and knew you didn't have to chuck the whole plant?
    I think it's different with a terminal spike. The keikis all started growing before the mother plant died.

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    Well captured and photographs really nice one Jeff.

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