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Keiki growing from a detached flower spike

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Cece, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Cece

    Cece New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I cut this flower spike off its struggling mother plant and to my surprise, a keiki has grown out of it. I've been keeping it in a glass of water on the window sill and changing the water every week or so for the last month.

    It's grown rather quickly but today I noticed that the bottom of the is spike turning yellow and black - is trimming the spike necessary and if I do it, will it disrupt the keiki's growth?

    Any advice on how to keep this little guy thriving would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks, Cece
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  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Oak Island NC
    Personally, if I was really interested in saving the keiki, i'd get hold of some good root-growth stimulant and soak the thing. Having no roots, it's a long shot, but why not try?
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Santa Rosa, CA
    I would definitely cut the spike up to clean material. Also, you might want to make the cut underwater so you don't get any air pockets. I've grown capsules on a spike from a dead plant to maturity in water. It could work.