Orchids forum: Caring for Keiki's

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Feb 6, 2016 4:27 PM CST
I 'believe' that the two photos are of two Keiki's that have come out on the same plant. If so, what is my course of action now? When are they removed and potted? How is this done in the best way possible to ensure their survival?
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Chris
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 6, 2016 4:38 PM CST
You don't have to remove those, Chris. I'd let them alone for now and see what they do. They may just be new growths on the main plant.

When a Phal makes a keiki on a flower stem, you usually will wait until it has roots a couple of inches long, then cut the stem below the keiki and pot or mount it.

Still a lot of red on those plants, and a lot of hard water deposits too. I'd advise you take a soft cloth or damp paper towel and try wiping some of that white crusty stuff off the leaves. It could be clogging up the leaf pores (stoma).

It's very encouraging that you've got new growths, though!
Elaine

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Feb 6, 2016 5:17 PM CST
Thanks Elaine, I've been using distilled water with 1/2tsp of Epson Salts in a 32oz spray bottle for almost 2 months now ever since it was recommended that's what I should do. Is it possible that what you see as 'hard water deposits' could be from the Epson Salts? I just cleaned the leaves about 3 days ago with lemon juice and distilled water.
Chris
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 6, 2016 5:24 PM CST
Epsom Salts are highly soluble so they shouldn't form a crust on the leaves like that. I'm mystified why you have so much crusty stuff on there.

If you have some warm spring rains coming up, be sure to put your orchids out for a good rain water shower, won't you? If you do have a build-up of salts in the medium, that will wash it out nicely. Key word is "warm" i.e. wait until it's over 60deg. or so.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Feb 6, 2016 5:30 PM CST
Looking at the photos again I see where it's at. When I cleaned the plant I really didn't get all down in the center and under the leaves. Possibly this is all left over from when I was misting with tap water? Next time I clean them I'll pull a chair out there so I can sit down and take my time. I sure hope we get some spring rains, haven't seen any since December.
Chris

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