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Strange thing-need help

This is a discussion on Strange thing-need help within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have a white Phalenopsis Orchid. It bloomed several times. Then in the middle of ...

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    Question Strange thing-need help

    I have a white Phalenopsis Orchid. It bloomed several times. Then in the middle of the stem, new leaves and roots started to grow. The stem above this new growth died, while the stem below it is fine.

    I do not know if I can cut it off and replant it.

    Anyone ever heard of this? I do not know much about them, and all the flower shops I told of this...they do not know about it. I do not know if this is how they reproduce (like strawberries) or if the produce seeds.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Congratulations you have a Keiki, a baby orchid, I would leave it on the parent until it grows some healthy roots. I have even had Phal Keikis bloom while still on the parent plant. They can be removed after they have roots and mounted or planted. Good Growing
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    Thanks so much. the roots are starting to shrivel so I better get it planted!!


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    Welcome Apple!

    You have a baby plant and it is ready to pot up. Congratulations!

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    I just have a quick questions about the aerial roots on this Keiki. A lot of websites I have looked at about repotting phals have suggested that you should not put aerial roots into the medium.

    So in this case, where a keiki has grown and the roots are used to the air - are you meant to sit it on top of the medium, or can you in fact pot the phal so that the roots are in the potting medium? I hope my questions is clear.

    Thanks

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    It will grow new roots that will adapt to the media. The old roots may die, and that is normal. The roots may survive in coarser media, they don't die in coarse bark because the media has more air. They mostly likely will die eventually if planted in sphag, but new roots will grow.

    Interesting, looks like you are using a peat based media for this plant. It not a bad media, just that most of us aren't using it. I know that it requires repotted quite often

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    Congratulations. The only keikis that I have gotten have been hormone induces by myself.

    I imagine some things are happening correctly or it would not have bloomed or started the keiki.

    Another observation besides the quite heavy media is the leaves. They look like they have gotten a bit too much direct bright light. The bright yellow on one of the newer leaves is my clue to that.

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