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Large Phal: Unsure if Keiki or new growth as a result of stress! Please advise

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Kat, Jul 3, 2021.

  1. Kat

    Kat New Member

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    Hello all,
    I am new to orchid growing and trying to take care of a large phal gifted to me. I repotted it in bark, removed the storage moss it came in, ensured optimal drainage, and it produced a tiny Keiki, which died.

    It has since shot out roots on all sides of the top portion of the plant where new smaller leaves are, and I am not sure if it is a Keiki or new growth with air roots. It isn't as obvious as the last Keiki because it is directly above the larger older leaves. On a dry beige stalk. Would you please take a look at the pictures? The roots are on all sides. I have tried to research but do not feel confident enough that it is a Keiki to separate it from the mother/ main plant.

    Also, it has been very hot and dry here in L.A., which is why it looks a bit thirsty. If you have any suggestions about the frequency of watering in this container, I would so appreciate it. I am afraid of over-watering and have a humidifier beneath it for most of the day.
    Thank you!!!
    K
     

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  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum, Kat.

    It looks to me that the original plant grew a “terminal spike”. In this case, “terminal” means “grown terminus”, not “fatal”. Then it decided to reinitiate its growth front higher up.

    I recommend that you cut that connecting “stalk”, dab the wound with a Q-tip dipped in cinnamon powder to “cauterize” it, then plant that upper plant separately. It certainly has plenty of roots!

    The original plant might produce another growth, but will likely die.
     
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  3. Kat

    Kat New Member

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    Ray,
    Thank you!
    Best,
    K