Orchids forum: My Dendrobium Propagation Experiment

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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Oct 1, 2016 3:59 PM CST
This year, I cut off 6 long canes from my favorite no ID dens to see if I can force them to make babies. I just soaked the canes in the water with or without food for 30 minutes to an hour almost everyday. So far I harvested 6 babies already and they are now mixed in with my orchid planters or attached to my plumeria trees. Today I found four more... I wait till they are about 3 inches tall with strong roots before cutting them off from the cane. I'm expecting the babies to bloom in 2 years.


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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Oct 1, 2016 4:06 PM CST
I think your experiment is quite successful, Gigi. You'll be in the orchid business before long. Hurray!

Jim
Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Oct 1, 2016 4:43 PM CST
Thank You! Jim! I just want to have more babies from My own collection and combine different colors to the dens already attached to my plumeria trees.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 1, 2016 9:09 PM CST
That's really neat, Gigi. I'm going to try it! My Dens have made quite a few keikis especially since all the wet weather from TS Hermine and the larger ones just broke off the canes really easily. I hope I didn't damage them by just snapping them off?

Anyway, I am just making a really big basket out of all the keikis I'm getting now. The Dens I have that will withstand cold weather this winter aren't making so many babies yet. I'm going to speak to them tomorrow!
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Oct 1, 2016 10:07 PM CST
I sometimes snap the babies off too but try not to damage the roots too much.

They actually would make babies faster if you cut the canes by section (3 to 4 nodes each) and keep them in the moist spaghnum moss. My problem is, I don't want the risk of fungus growing on a wet spaghnum moss.
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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Oct 3, 2016 12:53 PM CST
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Wow, that is very cool, Gigi! I bought a couple of NOID dens in Apopka last December, and I was wondering how to propagate them. How long did it take you to get babies this way?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 3, 2016 12:55 PM CST
Love your experiment Gigi! Will see if I can do likewise too!
Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Oct 8, 2016 11:18 PM CST
Ibis and Tarev, I started mine in early March and I was able to harvest 10 babies already and more babies are coming. Best result for number of plants can be achieved if you actually cut the canes by sections 2 to 3 nodes each section. It forces those nodes to produce babies. Then some people would keep the cut up canes in a moist (but not soppy wet) spaghnum moss. You can put your set up on the south facing window sill (if growing indoors).

I did not cut up mine so I was only getting one or 2 babies per cane at a time instead of the canes producing multiple babies. Also I kept my canes outside as I was trying to mimic what they normally do in the wild one the branches get separated or cut off from the main plant.

Keep me posted when you get your babies going.

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