Do you see a new orchid growing on you? orchid? There's a good chance this is a keiki. It makes our hearts and those of many plant lovers beat harder, because it does not happen often. The word keiki means child or offspring and in the botanical world it refers to a natural phenomenon that takes place in orchids. We will tell you more about a keiki in this blog.
How is a keiki formed?
A keiki is created from a branch of an orchid. It is a stem that develops into a new plant. This only happens in a certain part of the branch, namely the thickening, also called an eye. When a keiki grows on the orchid, it already clones itself. It is like a survival mechanism of the orchid, which reproduces itself. A keiki occurs in a Phalaenopsis en Vanda orchid. Because the orchid itself produces a keiki, it is easy to take cuttings. Later in the blog we will explain how you can do this.
What is keiki paste?
To stimulate your orchid to produce keikis, you can use keiki paste. This increases the chance because keiki paste is a growth hormone that stimulates cell division. Using pasta gives a kick start, so to speak. You can reach Kolibri Company don't buy keiki paste. Do you want to buy or make these? You can find this online and at the garden center.
What to do when?
Have you spotted a keiki on your orchid or do you want to try to get one? A fun challenge to take cuttings from an orchid and create a new one. For cuttings, use a sleeping eye on the orchid. This is a thickening in the branch from which no branch has grown.
What to do with a keiki:
- Wait about eight months for the keiki to develop
- Remove the keiki when the roots are longer than six inches
- Cut the branch on which the keiki is attached to a few centimeters below the eye
- Pot the keiki in a growing pot with orchid bark
Now you have to wait for the keiki to grow and produce branches, this will take some time so be patient. Give a little water once a week, because the new orchid does not need much water in the beginning.