Orchids forum: Removing Basal Keikis

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Nov 21, 2016 8:07 AM CST
I've got several of my Phals where the mother plant doesn't look the best however it has several basal keikis with a pretty large root system. I can post some photos later today if anyone would like to see them. Question is, how to remove them safely?
Chris
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Nov 21, 2016 12:11 PM CST
I've always just left them be. I've only had them appear if the original plant was on its death bed.. once the keikeis leave are an inch or more long I've cut the old plants leaves off.
lindsey
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Nov 21, 2016 4:45 PM CST
Lindsey, here's what some of them look like

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Mother plant

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Mother plant

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Some others that have started putting out roots.

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Chris
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Nov 21, 2016 5:28 PM CST
Chris..I would leave the keikies alone in the pot..cut off the old leaves on the ones that are larger. The original plants will never return once the crown is gone and the keikeis will get the benefit of the root system all ready in place
lindsey
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Nov 21, 2016 5:31 PM CST
Thanks Lindsey, sounds like a good plan. Looks like I've got some surgery to do soon. Appreciate the advice.
Chris
Name: Patty
Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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SarasotaPatty
Dec 4, 2016 5:33 PM CST
I agree with Lindsey, Chris...I wouldn't bother them at all! I'd leave them exactly where they are and forget about surgery! Hilarious!
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Dec 9, 2016 9:13 AM CST
Thanks Patty, sorry for the late reply, we've been down in Progresso and Cozumel Mexico basking in the sunshine. The only ones I'll mess with then are the ones on the spikes whenever the roots get long enough.
Chris

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