How To Re-Pot An Orchid Keiki?

Your phalenopsis orchid has a baby (or “keiki” in hawaiian-language), and you want to repot it? Well, that’s a great idea, because you’re going to grow your own orchid!

When you should transplant a keiki

Usually, a keiki is transplanted when it has at least 3 leaves and 3-4 roots, of which 2 have exceeded 5 cm.
That is the time when the new plant detaches from the mother plant by cutting the stem to 2-3cm. The stem is removed by cutting at the same distance from the mother plant.
As a rule, the transplantation signal is given by the withering and drying of the rod that connects the baby orchid to the parent orchid.

At that time, the new plant must be moved immediately into a new pot.

The best method: early transplantation

An even smarter way of transplanting is to place the new plant in a new pot after the first roots appear.
Proper transplantation consists in laying the roots of the new plant on the surface of the substrate, staying stable.

Careful! As a rule the roots of the new plants grow in the upper part, as the leaves fall down, being heavier. To put the roots in the correct position, you will have to twist the stem, but with delicacy, because it is brittle!

You don’t have to worry about putting the new plant perfectly vertically into the pot. It’s enough to place it to 30 ° angle. Once accommodated, the plant will sit alone in a more comfortable position.

Watering is done in the same way you do for mature plant, maybe a bit more abundant, until the roots go down to the bottom of the pot.

When there are 6-7 roots and the plant seems stabilized, the stem of connection to the parent plant can be cut off.

If you don’t hurry, you can expect the natural drying of the rod, a phenomenon that will clearly announce that the plant doesn’t need any help anymore.

Advantages of early transplantation

The young plant should be stabilizes in a new pot quickly.
The risk of failure is much lower than in the case of transplantation with the detachment of the parent plant.
The method mimics how the plant behaves in the natural environment.

Image Credits: Growinggreener

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