Glossary Tip - Keiki: Other plants

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Glossary Tip - Keiki

By Dutchlady1
August 6, 2013

Keiki - literally means 'baby' or 'child' in Hawaiian. In horticulture, it is used to refer to a baby plant produced by the parent, usually in orchids, which is an exact clone of the parent plant.

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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Aug 6, 2013 3:45 PM CST
Is it called the same thing in other plants? My Hesperaloe parviflora did this last year, and I made a new plant that is still growing.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 6, 2013 5:44 PM CST
Yes, but it occurs most frequently in orchids.
Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Aug 6, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Thanks. I just told everybody it was a baby plant. Rolling on the floor laughing
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KyWoods
Oct 25, 2013 10:51 AM CST
Love the orchid keiki! When I first saw the small picture on the homepage, I thought it was a praying mantis sitting on a plant, lol. I learned that word when I was stationed in Honolulu for five years.
My spider plants make lots of keikis, too. That reminds me, I have to find a home for a couple of them that I potted up.

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