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What Is a Keiki?

By beckygardener
November 2, 2014

Keiki is a Hawaiian word for "child." In the plant world, it is actually a clone of the parent plant. This term is often used in orchid propagation.

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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
Nov 1, 2014 6:39 PM CST
Wow, great information! I have one orchid that was gifted to me in bloom, if it ever has baby sprouts I'll know what to do.
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Nov 2, 2014 9:09 AM CST
Judy - Thank you! I only have a few orchids myself and was not sure what was going on, but I suspected that it was propagations of the original plant. I learned a new term, "Keiki" in the process and now have 3 plants instead of 1. The Orchid Forum folks are VERY helpful! Thumbs up
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Nov 2, 2014 9:31 AM CST
While I do not grow orchids, I love learning about propagation! Thanks for an informative article
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Nov 2, 2014 11:34 AM CST
Jennifer - I have to admit that these keikies were the easiest propagation I've ever done! LOL! I grow many plants from seeds and some from cuttings .... but I wasn't even trying to propagate any of the few orchids I have. This was a surprise I wasn't expecting.
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