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Roots developing in the wrong place.

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by fowlstack, Dec 30, 2019.

  1. fowlstack

    fowlstack New Member

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    Since I have had a few orchids over the last few years, I am by no means an expert. I have a Phalaenopsis (sp?) that has suddenly developed some roots and leaves in the center of a stalk. It looks like I should cut under the roots and leaves and replant it. Is this recommended or shall I leave it alone?
    Thanks in advance..
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  2. carl

    carl Active Member

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    Well, they do that occasionally. Consider it a bonus. Once the roots get a little longer, you should cut the keiki off and pot it up.
     
  3. Bianca M

    Bianca M New Member

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    A bonus indeed! I recently had my first keiki grow. I waited until I had three roots with a few inches each on them, a few healthy and good sized leaves, then planted it on its own, and one month later it had two flower spikes on it. That surprised the heck out of me considering some of the contradictory things Iā€™d read about potting them. Good luck!
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    My general rule-of-thumb is 4ā€ of total root length, whether that is one, 4ā€ root, four, 1ā€ roots, or anything in-between.
     
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  5. fowlstack

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    Thanks all for the information. Learned a new word today "keiki". Will keep you updated on the baby's progress.