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Old 06-09-2013, 09:29 AM
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I had given up hope!!!

Last September I put some keiki paste on an old stem on my first Phal. For ages the nodule I had pasted has done nothing but yesterday I noticed this...........

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I spotted it quite by accident but obviously the paste had done something after all!!! I am not sure if it is a spike or a leaf as it is still quite small but it doesn't look like the spike I have growing on one of my other Phals. The picture is not very clear ( hence the white envelope behind it to try make it clearer) but time will tell I suppose!!!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:44 AM
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Congratulations Nettie, looks like a keiki to me
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I was hoping someone would think that!! As much as I love the blooms on this one I would much rather have another baby!!!
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Yay! I'm hoping it is a new plant. Keep posting its progress.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:53 AM
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Slc - most definitely will..........really excited about a new baby!!!
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Keep us posted on its progress . Wow how exciting !I guess you are now a true believer when we say if orchids teach us anything .... it's patience......
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:43 PM
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And also taught me that my sulky Phals are truly amazing in their own stroppy way!!! Not only do I have this tiny one growing but two other Phals have spikes coming and all of them are having root explosions - I have had to weight two of then down as they keep climbing out of their pots!!!

At least I have a good idea of their natural cycle now..............expect nothing until way after the blooms die off then kabaaaaaaam!!! Everything!!!!

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Makes me think of what they say about perennials. First year ... they sleep. Second year ... they creep. Third year ... they LEAP! Well ... maybe with orchids it's ... they creep FASTER, hahaha!
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:57 PM
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Mine are just creeping off!!!!
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The orchid in the picture has sort of toppled over, the roots on one side are dying off (they were in terrible shape when I got it and just have continued to get shorter and shorter!!). The other side has lovely new roots which appear to be digging down and maybe pulling it over more.

My query is......shall I try to repot it or just leave it be til the baby is bigger?? I don't want to freak it out and lose the little one!!! I was thinking about trying to weight the lose side down a bit for now, what do you guys think???
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I would leave it where it is and weigh it down, as you said...as the plant is doing well, along with the keiki...
once you separate the keiki, then I would repot.
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Yes, the plant is fine and it won't get out of the pot, is solidly held down by the good roots on the other side. The baby is growing so quickly too, it is twice the size it was when I posted the pic the other day!!! (Who said orchids were slow to do anything!!!)

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Just an update on my phal keiki..........

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...ps97968043.jpg

White paper is just so you can see it better. I should have put a scale on it so I could see the size difference better!!!

It is doing very well though, probably nearly three times the size of my first pic now!!!
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I've tried using Keiki Power Pro, and all I've gotten so far are just some small shoots that never really develop, which is kind of disappointing. What's the brand you're using, might I ask?
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Off the top of my head I cannot remember.......... will dig it out tomorrow and let you know.
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nice one .. i hope it grows some roots .
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SoopRMike - I can't find my little tube of paste (Hubby has been home from sea and tidied up again so I won't find anything for the next few weeks!!!!) but it was through ebay that I bought it so wasn't very expensive (in fact I am really surprised it worked as it came without instructions so I just followed instructions I found on the net). When I eventually find it I will try find this thread and let you know!!!!
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Good job, Nettie! I'd be chuffed too!
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