Separate orchid plants? - Knowledgebase Question

Auburn, Ca
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Question by sonjaswa
July 16, 2010
One of my phal orchids sent out a shoot that turned became another plant. That one did the same thing. Each of the three plants (still attached to each other) sent out a flower spike. The first has gone. Should I cut apart each orchid + air roots and repot or leave the 3 together? THX

Answer from NGA
July 16, 2010
Your orchid has produced a keiki (actually two of them). The baby keiki draws nourishment from the momma plant, so don't be too quick to separate them. Wait until the orchid keiki has roots at least three inches long. Then gently pull it away from the mom and place it in its own pot. Keep it moist and shaded for a while and feed it at half strength until it gets much bigger. Best wishes with your orchids.

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