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propagation, what to do with keikis

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    Good morning, question, my first goal is for blooms, my second goal is speciimen sized plants. I have a few Epidendrums and a Barkeria forming keikis, in view of my goals would it be better to leave them attached or snip them off and start a new plant.

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    Personally I would let them grow it does make for a great display once matured.

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    Keikis are just part of the normal growth habit of many Epidendrums and Barkerias. Constantly removing them is counter-productive both for maximum bloom potential and attaining specimen size. If you are more concerned about having a plant that is neat and tidy but not really the natural growth habit, sort of an orchid bonsai, remove all the keikis you want.

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    Here's an example of my epidendrum with keikis all over it. It has spread over eight feet. I know it's hard to see but there's spikes sticking up all along. I've even drug the pot around the yard and deposited pieces that are spreading as well. If I removed the keikis and potted them, I'd have an epidendrum farm which I just don't have the room for. Happy growing!

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