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Keiki on my Bllra. Marfitch Howard's Dream AM/AOS?

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    Default Keiki on my Bllra. Marfitch Howard's Dream AM/AOS?

    Is my Beallara telling me it's time to be divided? Would one call this kind of growth a keiki?

    Thanks in advance.

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    i think it is just a new growth, happens to be a bit above the medium. i would just repot into a larger pot, to help contain it better so the roots get more moisture.

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    If you could post a larger picture we could better assess

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    Hopefully this will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenevaDad View Post
    Hopefully this will help.

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    I have an Onc. that is doing the same thing. They like to throw out roots all over the place.

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    Thank you Katherine,

    Should I repot now or wait for it to bloom? It bloomed beautifully last year. I'm embarrassed for not remembering when it put on its show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenevaDad View Post
    Would one call this kind of growth a keiki?
    Nope. That is just a new lead. With any of the sympodial orchids -- such as catts, dens, and oncs -- such growth is simply the normal growth habit. (The fact that your plant is a bit of a "stepper" is also normal.) Sympodial, btw, for any with the slightest interest literally means "conjoined feet" indicating that each growth's base or "foot" is joined to the growth before it.

    Had your plant been one of the monopodial orchids -- such as a vanda or phal -- then this would be considered a keiki. Monopodial -- should anyone care -- means "one foot" and refers to those plants which grow continuously from a single growing point (apical meristem for the science minded). One can easily observe this growth habit by looking at a large vanda, wherein the plant keeps growing up and up.


    Quote Originally Posted by GenevaDad View Post
    Is my Beallara telling me it's time to be divided?
    Nope. Although if there are enough pbs for each division to have 3pbs, then you certainly could divide it if you wish. Conversely you could simply repot the entire plant into a bigger pot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenevaDad View Post
    Thank you Katherine,

    Should I repot now or wait for it to bloom? It bloomed beautifully last year. I'm embarrassed for not remembering when it put on its show.
    I gather that it does not have a spike, so if it really needs to be re- potted you could. Has it been around 2 years since you potted it? Otherwise, there is no nee. Those roots aren't bothering anything. And from the looks of the pot, I suspect you do not need to go larges. Orchids like to be root bound.

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    No need to divide. That new growth will bloom for you. This is normal growth for this type of orchid. Eventually you will have a huge orchid! Just up-size the pot when you are ready. Good growing!

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    Sorry for a late reply, but thank you all for the needed information!!

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