Orchids forum: What is growing on my orchid?

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Jul 24, 2018 2:40 PM CST
I used Keiki Paste on a few nodes on my orchid and I can't quite tell what is actually growing, they don't look like any of the pictures I've seen. One looks quite a bit like it's just another flowering branch but the buds are a LOT smaller than the normal buds have been. The other ones look like roots sort of but no leaves.
Any thoughts?

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Name: Ursula
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Jul 24, 2018 3:20 PM CST


Looks like your keiki paste is working. I would wait a bit and see what's growing.
Name: Bill
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Jul 24, 2018 3:35 PM CST
I would say that your use of keiki paste is working but more time is needed for these to develop enough where you can see what exactly is happening.

However I would like to caution you about overdoing it! I have no idea of where you live or how much experience you have in orchids but this time of year, especially in Northern climates, you need your Phalaenopsis to be making leaves, NOT keikis. If you come out of a bloom cycle with say 4 leaves on your plant, it would be ideal to enter the next blooming season in the fall with ideally 5-6 leaves. Positive growth. Valuable energy can be wasted on keiki production instead of leaves. 1 node would have been fine, 2 or more is excessive in my experience. If your goal is the long term health of the plant then roots and leaves should be your primary goal, not keikis. If your plant fails to produce enough of both and is forced to make keikis instead, this could have a real negative impact on the future health of your orchid.
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